February 5, 2020

Leading the nation in controlling high blood pressure

High blood pressure dramatically increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Kaiser Permanente is committed to defeating this silent killer — and we’re succeeding.

Nearly half of the U.S. adult population has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. There are no obvious symptoms, and many people are unaware they have the condition. But if left untreated, high blood pressure dramatically increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

TLC for your heart infographic

At Kaiser Permanente, we’ve made it our goal to defeat this “silent killer.” We screen all members for high blood pressure, and if a problem is found, we support them in getting their blood pressure under control with lifestyle changes or medication. Our electronic health record helps keep members on track.

These efforts have made us a national leader in controlling high blood pressure. Some 80% of Kaiser Permanente members with hypertension have their blood pressure under control, compared to 60% of patients with hypertension nationally.