100&Change: 2021

American Heart Association, Inc.

Under Pressure: Transforming Hypertension Care to Extend Human Life Expectancy

We will scale proven, low-cost, sustainable practices that reduce high blood pressure, the leading risk factor and contributor to human death and disability worldwide.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Current Work Location(s):
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • North Carolina, United States
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
  • Beijing Shi, China
  • Alabama, United States
Priority Population(s):
  • Adults
  • People with diseases and illnesses
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

Non-communicable diseases cause the most deaths worldwide. Despite having complex contributing factors, the most common and significant risk factor is also the least complex to reduce: high blood pressure. Admittedly, hypertension is rarely a headline-grabber. But it affects nearly half of U.S. adults and over 1.4 billion people worldwide, with significant racial and economic disparities. Meanwhile, hypertension is relatively easy to diagnose and inexpensive to treat. Even small reductions in blood pressure can translate to significant health gains, offering remarkable cost-to-impact value. This is an urgent and “winnable” challenge. We have proven ways to close gaps in how blood pressure is measured and managed through three simple, evidence-based healthcare provider practices that are adoptable and sustainable in diverse settings. We will scale these effective practices across the U.S. and key global markets, benefiting more than 100 million patients. Improving hypertension control will directly result in millions of longer, healthier lives.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

American Heart Association, Inc.

website: http://www.heart.org
Organization Headquarters
Dallas County, Texas, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$500 Million to $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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