More than 100 S.C. Clinics Recognized for Efforts Aimed at Reducing High Blood Pressure

Leaders from across South Carolina gathered in Charleston and recognized more than 100 clinics from across the state for their commitment to the Target BP Initiative Program, encouraged others to participate, and discussed how to sustain efforts to reduce heart attacks and strokes over time. The event took place at the Cooper River Room from 12 to 1 on December 6, 2017.

Launched in 2017, the Target: BP Recognition Program is an extension of Target: BP™—a national initiative between the American Heart Association and American Medical Association aimed at addressing the growing burden of high blood pressure in the U.S. More than 1,100 physician practices and health systems nationwide have joined Target: BP™, sharing a common goal to reduce the number of adult patients with uncontrolled blood pressure and improve health outcomes associated with heart disease.

The AHA and The American College of Cardiology recently updated the guidelines for management of blood pressure. The new guidelines define hypertension by blood pressure of 130/80 or higher rather than 140/90 or higher. The guidelines were updated because of growing evidence that elevated blood pressure, even at modest levels, is harmful to your health. It increases your risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure and kidney dysfunction.

“Of the 103 million Americans with high blood pressure according to the new guideline, less than half of them have it controlled to a healthy level despite the fact that high blood pressure can often be managed effectively when patients work with their physician to create and follow a treatment plan. No single risk factor has more impact on the nation’s death rates from cardiovascular disease than blood pressure,” said Dr. Edward Jauch of MUSC.

This year the AHA held its annual Scientific Sessions, which is the top cardiovascular meeting for basic, translational, clinical and population science. There, the AHA recognized the clinics that submitted data for Target: BP recognition. Out of the 310 clinics recognized, 185 are recognized at the Gold level. These are the clinics that have brought more than 70% of their patients with hypertension to control—an impactful achievement. 128 of those 185 clinics came from South Carolina. These clinics are reaching nearly a half-million people in the state.

Of the 128 sites recognized at the Gold level in South Carolina, 122 received training and support from the Care Coordination Institute (CCI). The CCI is an enablement services entity that empowers organizations to succeed in providing coordinated, high quality health care to the populations they serve. Through comprehensive data analytics and education on program initiatives, the CCI aided these sites in achieving the patient-centered goals of Target: BP.

“We’re excited to bring Target: BP to more physicians as a tool to help reduce the devastating impact of high blood pressure on the burden of heart disease and stroke in our state. We’re delighted to recognize practices that have joined that effort and are already demonstrating success in achieving high rates of blood pressure control,” said Dr. Brent Egan, Vice President of Research for the Care Coordination Institute.

To help physician practices and health systems achieve their goals, Target: BP™ provides all participants with a dedicated website featuring a free evidence-based improvement program that includes tools and resources to help clinicians improve blood pressure control rates. To facilitate easy and seamless adoption of the Target: BP™ Improvement Program, registrants have access to trained support specialists within their community who can help identify specific program components to incorporate into clinical practice.