October 8, 2019

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 Kaiser Permanente a national leader in controlling high blood pressure. Our health plans rank number one in blood pressure control in every region we serve — and have for 5 years running — according to the 2018 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set® (used by more than 90% of America’s health plans to measure performance). And today, 83% of our members who are diagnosed with high blood pressure have it under control, compared to 58% nationally.