Controlling High Blood Pressure

Controlling High Blood Pressure


2006 Vohs Award Winner

Patricia E Casey, RN, MSN; Amy Compton-Phillips, MD; Stacey Shapiro, MPH, RD; Phong Nguyen, MD

Summer 2006 - Volume 10 Number 2

Presented as a poster at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute Conference, October 18, 2004, San Francisco, California; as a poster at the Kaiser Permanente National Quality Conference, June 27-July 1, 2005, Monterey, California; and at the Kaiser Permanente National Hypertension Implementation Committee teleconference, September 13, 2005.

Hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure, is defined as consistently elevated systolic BP above 140 mmHg or diastolic above 90 mmHg. For certain groups of people, ideal blood pressure is even lower than this. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to end organ damage, including heart failure, heart attacks, nephropathy, peripheral vascular disease, aortic dissection, blindness, or stroke. Because there are no symptoms of hypertension until organ damage occurs, hypertension is known as the "silent killer."

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