Letter from the Editor: May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month


By Gayla Oakley, RN, CCRP, MAACVPR
Published May 22, 2019

Since 1984, May has been proclaimed as National Blood Pressure Awareness Month, bringing attention to the impact high blood pressure can have on health.

According to the 2017 ACC/AHA Guidelines for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults, 45.6%--almost half of U.S. adults—have hypertension. These guidelines redefine hypertension and lower the target for blood pressure treatment which gives the opportunity for early detection to reduce cardiovascular risk.  

The AACVPR website has information and tools available for both the professional and patients on hypertension and risk reduction, including the Million Hearts Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians.

The latest AACVPR webcast “Hypertension Update:  Get with the Guidelines!” was presented by Dr. Angie Price.  If you did not have the opportunity to hear it live, it is available through the Learning Center on the AACVPR website.  This can be purchased for a fee or if you are Education Advantage and/or Joint Affiliate Members, you will receive complimentary registration and CE. 

Check out the great content in this issue of News and Views; Joel Hughes, PhD addresses depression in the pulmonary rehab patient, Gerene Bauldoff, PhD, RN gives us prospective on measuring the patient’s experience in pulmonary rehab, Mark Enrico, CEP, AACVPR Board Liaison for Program Certification explains the importance and role of the volunteer reviewers for Program Certification, and last but not least, Dr. David Prince, chair of the Program Planning Committee, excites us with highlights of the upcoming 34th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon September 18-21. Hope to see you there!

“ The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in cause and prevention of dis-ease.” - Thomas Edison