77% of Adult Patients, Seen By Healthcare Providers, Now Have High Blood Pressure

A big data analysis of adult patients seen by healthcare providers shows that the vast majority (77%) have high blood pressure.

The analysis, by AI health outcomes and data company OM1, shows the impact of the new American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) high blood pressure guidelines.

On November 13, the ACC and AHA released new guidelines for the detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure.

These guidelines represent the first comprehensive update since 2003 and lowers the definition of high blood pressure to promote early intervention and prevention of hypertension related complications.

Key initial findings include:

  • In adult patients who had at least one blood pressure measurement in a doctor’s office between 2013 and 2017, the proportion of patients who met criteria for elevated blood pressure/hypertension under the new guidelines increased from 47% to 77%.
  • The biggest impact was seen in younger patients aged 45 years and younger, where the number of patients with hypertension more than doubled.
  • Half of the patients meeting criteria for elevated blood pressure/hypertension under the new guidelines had a diagnosis of hypertension and 40% received anti-hypertensive medications

“The new guidelines have a significant impact on the health care system with substantial increases in the number of patients now newly eligible for diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Richard Gliklich, CEO of OM1. “Big data analytics allow healthcare stakeholders to rapidly identify and look more closely at those patients facing a gap in care due to inadequate control of their blood pressure.”

The good news is that we have a clearer picture of this nationwide healthcare problem. The bad news is that the problem is much bigger than many thought.

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