Surgeon General Asks for Hypertension Control

 Friday, October 9, 2020

U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H, has issued Call to Action to Control Hypertension to provide strategies for those on the frontlines of health care and public health to address the costly, dangerous and common chronic health condition.

“The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension provides a roadmap for helping people, communities, health professionals and others improve the heart health of our nation  by working together to eliminate differences in access to quality healthcare and addressing social factors that influence overall health,” stated Surgeon General Adams. The document summarizes recent data on hypertension control for all populations, identifies the 10 most effective strategies for achieving control, and provides recommendations to individuals and organizations that can improve rates of hypertension prevention and control.

It is estimated that nearly half of all U.S. adults have hypertension but only one in four have the condition under control. In Alabama, 41.9 percent of adults were said to have hypertension in 2017, the most recent data available.