Scientific Sessions 2018 Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb talks about updated hypertension guidelines

Hi, I’m Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb. I’m a professor at
Johns Hopkins University and I’m the immediate past president of the Preventive Cardiovascular
Nurses Association, and so I had the opportunity to serve on the Guidelines Committee
as a representative of PCNA. One of the most important messages to come out of the 2017 guidelines is that we all have a
responsibility to know our numbers. We need to know what
our blood pressure is, we need to know what our
blood pressure goal is, and what our total cardiovascular risk is. And I encourage you to talk
to your healthcare providers to learn what you can do to further reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, whether it be through
lifestyle modification or taking anti-hypertensive
medications if necessary. I believe that the 2017
guidelines have potential for great impact on improving the cardiovascular health of our nation. And of the mid-atlantic region. We’re going from approximately
one in three individuals having high blood pressure to almost half of all adults
having high blood pressure. And so, what that will translate to is identifying individuals who
have elevated blood pressure and providing them with
strategies and recommendations to improve their lifestyle so that they can actually prevent further increases in their blood pressure. As healthcare providers, we’re obligated to ensure
that our patients understand what is their blood pressure? What is their level of risk? And importantly, what is
their blood pressure goal? Where do they need to be? I’m Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb and I’m a member of the
2017 Hypertension Guidelines Writing Committee. Reducing health disparities and improving the cardiovascular health of my community is why.

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