UNT Health takes part in three-year campaign to control high blood pressure

October 6, 2013

Frank Filipetto, DO

UNT Health is engaged in a national campaign to help control high blood pressure, a condition that affects 1 out of 3 adults in the United States.

UNT Health, UNT Health Science Center’s physician group, will be one of more than 100 medical groups, health systems, organizations and sponsors to take part in the three-year Measure Up/Pressure Down campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to see that 80 percent of high blood pressure patients have their condition under control by the time the effort ends in 2016.

Frank Filipetto, DO, Chairman of the UNT Health Family Medicine department, will lead local efforts.

 "Measure Up/Pressure Down hopes that Americans will take part in blood pressure screenings and seek out ways to make lifestyle changes to help prevent/control high blood pressure," Filipetto said.

The effort will begin in the Family Medicine Department and soon will expand to other departments. Staff members received additional training to ensure accurate blood pressure measurement.

Less than half of those with high blood pressure have it under control. It is linked with heart disease, kidney failure, and strokes, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day.

Without preventative measures, the number of American adults with high blood pressure is expected to rise to 100 million from 68 million by 2030.  Health care providers play an important role in supplying their patients with the necessary care and in stressing the importance of healthy lifestyle changes in managing high blood pressure.

Take the pledge to help raise awareness of this campaign by visiting http://www.measureuppressuredown.com/.

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