Why is hypertension important?
The answer is simple, hypertension (high blood pressure) is the leading cause of mortality and disability worldwide. More than 10 million individuals die every year due to hypertension.
What do we do?
We are committed to improving global hypertension prevention, screening, diagnosis, and management. Our main activities include building the evidence and developing educational materials in collaboration with partners from many countries (see map at right).
National Heart Foundation in Bangladesh
Dr. Larry Apple, MD, PhD, Director of the Resolve to Save Lives Project at Johns Hopkins, made a site visit to the National Heart Foundation in Bangladesh, to see the pilot study of community-based implementation of the HEARTS package. The HEARTS package provides a strategic approach to improving hypertension management in countries. This pilot study will inform a larger scale-up study which is projected to begin in the next few years.
Effects of Cuff Size on the Accuracy of Blood Pressure Readings: The Cuff(SZ) Randomized Crossover Trial
Manuscript entitled “Effects of Cuff Size on the Accuracy of Blood Pressure Readings: The Cuff(SZ) Randomized Crossover Trial” published in JAMA Internal Medicine (August 2023). This study shows the importance of using an appropriately sized blood pressure cuff to accurately measuring a person’s blood pressure when using automated BP devices. This article received wide media coverage by CNN, Medscape and Medpagetoday.
Resolve to Save Lives Sodium Reduction team in Ethiopia
The Johns Hopkins University Resolve to Save Lives Sodium Reduction team was invited by the Ethiopian government to participate in a set of virtual meetings with in-country partners in Ethiopia in early 2023. This culminated in a hands-on, in-country workshop for food policy research in May 2023.