Posted on April 20 2015
Since the year 2000, death rates related to high blood pressure in the United States have risen by 23 percent. This surprising growth has occurred at the same time that deaths from other medical conditions have decreased by 21 percent. The spike indicates the need for improvement in risk identification, treatment, continuity of care, and patient compliance.
The primary age groups that have experienced increasing high blood pressure mortality rates include those between ages 45-64 and those over 85 years of age. In the group from 45-64, the death rate from high blood pressure has risen over 58 percent for men and 37 percent for women. Among those over the age of 85, men have seen a rise of 27.5 percent in mortality rates, and women have experienced a 23 percent increase.
In order to reduce high blood pressure mortality rates, medical management must include full engagement of patients, families, doctors, the health care system, and local communities. Many efforts are being taken to improve lifestyle choices, access to medical care, and implement workplace wellness programs. Additionally, the medical community is focusing on increased patient engagement, medication management, and physician follow-up.