Helping Improve Access to Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

Nationwide, approximately 75 million — or one in every three — American adults have high blood pressure or hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States are also feeling the burden of this disease. In New Hampshire, one in four adults has hypertension, and only 33 percent of these individuals have their condition under control according to the Health Resources & Services Administration.

Evidence suggests, however, that blood pressure self-monitoring programs—when combined with clinical support—can help improve cardiac health outcomes and potentially reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations.