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).
Effects of Different Rest Period Durations Prior to Blood Pressure Measurement: The Best Rest Trial
A rest period of ≥5 minutes before blood pressure (BP) measurement is recommended in hypertension guidelines but can be challenging to implement. We conducted a randomized trial to determine the effects of resting for <5 minutes on BP. Overall, mean BP was similar across 5 minutes, 2 minutes, and 0 minutes. Comparing BP readings within individuals, three different resting periods provided similar results, especially in persons without elevated BP. Our findings suggest that shorter rest periods may be a reasonable alternative to 5 minutes for most individuals. Implementation could substantially improve the efficiency of hypertension screening programs.
Hypertension Course Translated
The Hopkins team has created an online course in global hypertension diagnosis and management. While this course is primarily geared toward program implementers and managers, there is useful information for a variety of healthcare workers such as physicians, nurses and community health workers. This course has been translated into Chinese, French and Spanish.
The new online course "Global Sodium Reduction Strategies" was designed to help policy makers, advocates, and program managers in designing, planning, and implementing sodium reduction interventions at scale, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. This course can be taken at your own pace and is available at no cost. The course will present the contribution of salt intake to the global burden of cardiovascular disease, followed by an in-depth look at strategies to reduce population salt intake, and provides tools for surveillance.