HEARTS in the Americas: a global example of using clinically validated automated blood pressure devices in cardiovascular disease prevention and management in primary healthcare settings

Ordunez et al

[Excerpt] Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of illness burden in the Americas, causing over 2 million deaths in 2017, a third of deaths overall for that year. While striking, CVD is threatening to have an even greater impact in the coming years based on the upward trend of the last decade. Raised blood pressure (BP), a significant risk factor for the development of CVD, causes over 50%of ischemic heart disease and stroke events and 17% of total deaths globally. […] To address the growing burden of CVD, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) initiated HEARTS in the Americas, a comprehensive  risk  reduction  initiative  set  to  become  the institutionalized model for hypertension management in primary health care by 2025. It is a multinational initiative, led by the Ministries of Health from each participating country, and with the participation of local stakeholders and the technical cooperation of PAHO. […] This perspective article outlines collaborative work between PAHO, implementing countries and partners to improve the regulatory landscape related to BPMDs in countries implementing HEARTS.

Article originally published in English in the Journal of Human Hypertension.

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