High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control

The Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention (HDSP) Unit works to make all Minnesotans heart-healthy and stroke-free by focusing on prevention, treatment, and management of cardiovascular disease and stroke. One of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke is high blood pressure or hypertension. We are addressing high blood pressure prevention and control by connecting community members and health professionals to resources, information, public awareness and education materials and guidance in addressing high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Awareness and Education Resource Toolkit

The High Blood Pressure Awareness and Education Resource Toolkit provides an overview of resources available for community and clinical high blood pressure awareness and education.

If any links do not work or you have any questions or comments, please inform us by sending an e-mail describing the broken link.

Public Awareness and Education Resources

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website

Overview
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Resources

American Heart Association & American Stroke Association

American Heart Association website

American Stroke Association website

Overview
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association focused on reducing risk, disability and death from stroke through research, education, fundraising and advocacy. The American Stroke Association spends more money on stroke research and programs than any other organization except the federal government. The American Stroke Association offers a wide array of programs, products and services.

Resources
  • American Heart Association Consumer & Patient Education Materials
    Brochures cover a wide range of cardiovascular health topics. Order up to 10 samples of different brochures, free or purchase brochures in bulk at Krames.  Some materials are also available in Spanish.
    • Brochures
    • Videos
  • High Blood Pressure Webpage
  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
  • Media Resources
    Download PSAs in the following formats for free. Some PSAs are also available in Spanish.
    • Video
    • Audio
    • Print
  • Answers by Heart Fact Sheets
    This is a series of free downloadable patient information sheets that present information in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy to follow and easy to read. Topics include cardiovascular conditions; treatments and tests; and lifestyle and risk reduction. Some topics are available to download in Spanish and many sheets are also available in traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese and Vietnamese.
  • Sodium and Salt Page
    The American Heart Association sodium and salt resource page features facts, FAQs and infographics.
  • “I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart.”
    To raise awareness of Americans’ excess sodium intakes and the impact on health, AHA launched a new consumer sodium reduction campaign entitled, “I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart.” The campaign encourages people to take a pledge to reduce the sodium they eat, features a blog, quiz, and infographics, and provides links to lower-sodium recipes and educational articles on the website. The website also features a 1-minute video, “Don’t Let Salt Sneak Up On You” with the feature character, “Sneaky Salt.”
  • Krames - American Heart Association
    Krames is a provider of patient education products. American Heart Association and American Stroke Association resources are available for purchase at www.krames.com/aha or here. Some materials are also available in Spanish.
    • Brochures
    • Toolkits
  • Heart360®
    Heart360® is an easy-to-use tool which helps you understand and track the factors that affect your heart health - including blood pressure, physical activity, cholesterol, glucose, weight and medications. Heart360® safely and securely stores your information in Microsoft® HealthVault.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

Overview
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.  The CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

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Exchange:  Translation & Resources for Better Health

Exchange:  Translation & Resources for Better Health website

Overview
Based in Minnesota, the Exchange is a partnership formed to exchange information and resources about health communication and to share multilingual health materials. The Exchange resources and information are open to everyone, but the online library of translated health materials and forum is for members only. You can participate in the Exchange as a partner, a sponsored partner, a corporate affiliate, or as a guest.  Guests are visiting the Exchange or considering membership. Guests can learn more about health education for multilingual audiences and get a time-limited username and password that will allow them to view the Exchange library. Call Patricia Ohmans at 651-757-5970 for more information or e-mail.

Food and Drug Administration

Food and Drug Administration website

Overview
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.  The FDA has consumer information on high blood pressure on their website that can be downloaded.

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Health Information Translations

Health Information Translations website

Overview
Print education materials created by the Ohio State University Medical Center, Ohio Health, the Mount Carmel Foundation, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. High Blood Pressure materials are available in more than a dozen languages, including English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. In addition, there are Windows Media Files for High Blood Pressure in American Sign Language.

Resources
Materials and videos are available for free from the Health Information Translations website. Search on language or health topic.
  • Handouts
  • Video (for ASL)

Healthy Roads Media

Healthy Roads Media website

Overview
Print, multimedia, and audio education materials in English, Hmong, and Spanish, created in collaboration with HmongHealth.org and funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Resources
Print, multimedia, and audio materials are available for free from the Healthy Roads Media website. Hmong language print materials are in English, White Hmong, and Green Hmong. Multimedia files include English text and Green Hmong audio. Written, multimedia, and audio materials are also available in English and Spanish.
  • Handouts
  • Video
  • Audio

Million Hearts®

Million Hearts® website

Overview
Million Hearts® is a national initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by improving access to effective care, improving the quality of care for the ABCS, focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke, activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, and improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.

Resources
Tools, videos, publications, action guides and treatments protocols are available from the Million Hearts website.
  • Blood Pressure Toolkit
    Providers can use the Million Hearts® Blood Pressure Toolkit with patients to help address high blood pressure in their clinics and communities.
  • Action Guides
  • Cardiovascular Health: Action Steps for Employers
    Employers can help their employees improve their cardiovascular health by creating worksites that support blood pressure control, cholesterol management, tobacco control, good nutrition, and physical activity. This guide offers a selection of concrete action steps that employers can take to help individuals improve cardiovascular health.

Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Department of Health website

Overview
The department’s mission is to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans.

Resources

The Minnesota Department of Health partnered with more than a dozen other states to create free-to-use Public Service Announcements about Stroke, Heart Attack, Hypertension, and Cholesterol. Click this link to view the 48-second PSA entitled Blood Pressure Explained Visually. It is also available in Spanish, Chequea Tu Presión Arterial.

You can download videos off of YouTube for free using a website called www.keepvid.com. Just paste the url of your video in the gray bar, and click the little gray “download” button on the right. Do NOT click the big Download/Upload buttons. Then Right Click on the file format video you want, and Save As.

Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative

Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative website

Overview
The Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative strives to improve diabetes and heart health outcomes and health equity by using consistent messages, developing educational resources, and advancing best practices to support healthy behaviors in the community.  The Collaborative has communication tools around high blood pressure including press releases, ads, handouts, posters and images to download.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website

Overview
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

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Clinical Resources – Guidelines/Recommendations

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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Guidelines and Statements

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Guidelines and Statements webpage

Overview
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association publish medical scientific statements on various cardiovascular disease and stroke topics written by AHA/ASA volunteer scientists and healthcare professionals. The statements are supported by scientific studies published in recognized journals, have a rigorous review and approval process, and generally include a review of data available on a specific subject, an evaluation on its relationship to overall cardiovascular disease science, and often anAHA/ASA position on the basis of that evaluation.

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Check it.  Change it.  Control it.  Interactive Physician and Patient Toolkits

Check it.  Change it.  Control it.  Interactive Physician and Patient Toolkits webpage

Overview
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and the Ohio Department of Health partnered together to develop a two-part outreach plan aimed to improve cultural sensitivity and communication skills among primary care physicians and a point-of-care patient information package for African-American men who are at risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The project was branded as, “Check It. Change It. Control It. Your Heart Depends On It.” and the tools created include a physician guide, patient brochure, folder, and helpful tip-sheets.

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Institute of Medicine Reports

Institute of Medicine Reports

Overview
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. The IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.  The IOM asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health and health care.

Resources
  • A Population-Based Policy and Systems Change Approach to Prevent and Control Hypertension
    In this report, the IOM recommends the CDC as well as state and local health jurisdictions focus on population-based strategies that can reach large numbers of people and improve the well-being of entire communities. The report also highlights the need to improve providers’ adherence to the treatment guidelines for hypertension, especially in the elderly population, and to encourage patients to take medication consistently by reducing or eliminating the cost of antihypertensive medication.
  • Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States
    In this report, the IOM concludes that reducing sodium content in food requires new government standards for the accept­able level of sodium. Manufacturers and restaurants need to meet these standards so that all sources in the food supply are involved. The goal is to slowly, over time, reduce the sodium content of the food supply in a way that goes unnoticed by most consumers as individuals’ taste sensors adjust to the lower levels of sodium.

Million Hearts®

Million Hearts®

Overview
Million Hearts® is a national initiative that was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by improving access to effective care, improving the quality of care for the ABCS, focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke, activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, and improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.

Resources
  • Hypertension Control: Action Steps for Clinicians
    This guide delivers proven strategies to help busy clinicians work with their patients to control hypertension. Strategies include creative ways for clinicians to deliver care to hypertensive patients, improve medication adherence, and optimize patient reminders and supports. The guide contains resources and references to help clinicians find even more information for each action step.
  • Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Action Steps for Public Health Practitioners
    Strong evidence suggests that self-measured blood pressure monitoring—when combined with regular support from trained health care professionals—is effective in lowering blood pressure among hypertensive patients. This guide outlines action steps that public health practitioners can take to help patients monitor their own blood pressure.
  • Evidence-based Treatment Protocols for Improving Blood Pressure Control
    Million Hearts® encourages widespread adoption and use of standardized treatment protocols for improving blood pressure control. A variety of evidence-based hypertension treatment protocols are available for practices and health care systems to select from, including the following protocols, or a custom protocol can be developed using the template.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website

Overview
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force website

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force website

Overview
The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal, primary care providers, who are experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine.  The USPSTF conducts scientific evidence reviews of a broad range of clinical preventive health care services and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems that are published in the form of "Recommendation Statements." 

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Updated Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 02:53PM