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Editor's Correspondence
July 8, 2002

Better Hypertension Control? Not Without Broad Interventions by Strong Public Health Institutions

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(13):1530-1531. doi:

In a recent editorial, Dr Claude Lenfant,1 a leading cardiovascular health policymaker, reflected on hypertension control in the United States. Dr Lenfant provided a lucid review of progress over the almost 30-year life of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP). He also cited the failure to reach the Healthy People 2000 goal, with only 50% of those with hypertension having their blood pressure controlled. It is a sobering fact that the actual control rates in 1994 (the latest year for which data for Healthy People 2000 are available) were far less, namely 23%, with control rates a depressing 10% in men aged 18 to 74 years.2

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