How to take your blood pressure correctly!

“How to take your blood pressure correctly, from the AMA newsletter.” Bill Chesnut, MD

The one video you need for accurate blood pressure readings

Verify that you’re getting the most accurate blood pressure readings from your patients by using this quick video.

Share the video on Facebook or Twitter with your practice team and patients so they understand how seemingly minor factors can affect their blood pressure measurements.

Here are some additional resources to help you improve your practice’s hypertension management:

Why you should take action

The number of hypertension-related deaths in the United States increased by 66 percent over the past decade, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all other causes combined increased only 3.5 percent during that period.

The AMA’s Improving Health Outcomes initiative is taking steps to reverse this trend. Through this initiative, the AMA and participating physicians and care teams are working with researchers at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities to develop and test evidence-based blood pressure recommendations and provide practical tools for physician practices.