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Controlling High Blood Pressure

2017 HEDIS Bar Chart for High Blood Pressure Control graph: VA average 76 percent, non-VA average 63 percent

The graph above shows VA medical center scores compared with non-VA hospital scores for controlling high blood pressure. The percentages represent the number of patients with high blood pressure who received the recommended blood pressure tests or treatments. For this measure, a higher percentage indicates a higher quality of care, with 100 percent being the target.

What is this measure?
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood inside the blood vessels as it flows within the body. Individuals are considered to have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, when their blood pressure readings are above 140/90 on at least two occasions.

What are we measuring?
It is recommended that individuals between 18 and 85 years old receive blood pressure tests. The graph above shows the percentage of individuals in this age range who met the criteria for and received treatment to control high blood pressure during the year.

Why is this important?
High blood pressure is a serious illness, particularly in people with heart disease. It increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. It can also contribute to other problems such as heart failure, kidney disease and blindness. In most cases, high blood pressure can be controlled but not cured. It is important to catch high blood pressure as early as possible to minimize its negative effects on the body.

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