Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson (Dr Jones); Department of Epidemiology and International Health, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Md (Dr Appel); Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn (Dr Sheps); and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Md (Drs Roccella and Lenfant).
High blood pressure is a major public health issue, affecting approximately
25% of US adults, or roughly 50 million Americans.1 The
prevalence of high blood pressure increases dramatically with age, such that
the lifetime risk of high blood pressure approaches 100%.2 Despite
the availability of effective antihypertensive agents, rates of hypertension
treatment and control have remained low and static over the last decade. Control
of blood pressure begins with accurate measurement leading to appropriate
diagnosis and treatment decisions.
Jones DW, Appel LJ, Sheps SG, Roccella EJ, Lenfant C. Measuring Blood Pressure AccuratelyNew and Persistent Challenges. JAMA. 2003;289(8):1027-1030. doi:10.1001/jama.289.8.1027