The World Hypertension League, together with partner organisations, is urging healthcare professionals to take action to advance the management, control and prevention of hypertension.
Together they have developed the ‘Sao Paulo Call to Action for the Prevention and Control of High Blood Pressure 2019’ to help align health and scientific organisations and hypertension experts with global best practices for hypertension control.
The full call to action will be published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension in late 2019, but an abbreviated call to action was presented at the World Hypertension Congress in Sao Paulo.
The call to action says primary healthcare providers must be central to hypertension control strategies. It encourages professionals to follow best practices including staying up to date with global standards in hypertension prevention and control, and to measure blood pressure at all relevant clinical encounters. Patients with a blood pressure of 160/100 mmHg or higher should be treated immediately with lifestyle change and medication, it says, and patient adherence should be assessed regularly.
The organisations stress "urgent, sustained action focused on effective public policies and health system changes is needed to prevent and control hypertension".