High blood pressure is a silent but dangerous disease that affects nearly three million individuals across North Carolina. Without proper management and prevention, it can lead to severe health complications, such as heart disease and stroke, and costly hospital admissions. That’s why we’re asking North Carolina lawmakers for $600,000 in state budget funding to support evidence-based hypertension programs.
Hypertension in North Carolina
Approximately 35% of North Carolina adults have received a diagnosis of high blood pressure. In 2018, hypertension led to 40,481 hospital admissions, costing the state $1.4 billion. Additionally, the state Medicaid program spent $205 million on beneficiaries with high blood pressure. Because there are no noticeable symptoms, regular blood pressure measurements are an important way to identify and manage hypertension effectively. By promoting healthy lifestyle practices and the utilization of appropriate medications, we can help prevent and delay the development of life-threatening complications, improving both quality of life and reducing healthcare costs.
Evidence-Based Hypertension Programs
Research supports the efficacy of self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring, coupled with clinical support, to help individuals with hypertension lower their blood pressure. The Medication Therapy Management Program (MTM) is an evidence-based approach to community blood pressure control.
Since its inception in February 2019, the outcomes of the MTM program have been remarkable for patients. They have educated hundreds of patients on chronic conditions and the importance of proper management for healthier living , with over 70% of participants achieving blood pressure control. Currently, the program is sustained by CDC funds, which are set to expire in June 2023.
A Call to Action
Now, more than ever, we urge you to join us in asking for $600,000 in the state budget for hypertension program funding. By supporting evidence-based programs, such as SMBP monitoring and the Medication Therapy Management Program, we can make substantial progress in controlling high blood pressure rates, improving health outcomes, and reducing the burden on healthcare systems. We need your help in urging lawmakers to prioritize the health and well-being of our communities and make a lasting impact in the fight against hypertension. Take action today!
We invite you to share this crucial information with friends and family, to spread awareness about the significance of funding hypertension programs. Together, we can make a difference and ensure a healthier future for all.