Fighting hypertension in the United States will require new strategies to change people's lifestyle choices as well as better assessment and treatment regimens, said the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a report released February 22.
The IOM's report called hypertension a neglected disease that is often ignored by the general public and underappreciated by the medical community (http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12819). But that neglect comes at great personal and public cost. The IOM estimated that about 73 million individuals in the United States, or almost 1 in 3 adults, have hypertension; the disease accounts for about 45% of all cardiovascular deaths and costs the health care system about $73 billion annually.
Mitka M. IOM Urges More Attention by Physicians, Public on “Neglected” Hypertension. JAMA. 2010;303(14):1354-1355. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.358