2021 WHO guideline on pharmacological treatment of hypertension: Policy impications for the region of the Americas

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2021 WHO guideline on pharmacological treatment of hypertension: Policy impications for the region of the Americas

WHO treats your hypertension

In this Lancet article, you'll learn about:
  • Why treating hypertension is important to the US GDP

" Approximately 8% of the region's healthcare spending is attributed to high blood pressure, a wise use of resources as control of hypertension reduces death and disability and is highly cost-effective or cost-saving in most settings. "

  • What the guidelines propose for hypertension control

" The WHO HEARTS technical package provides support to standardize and optimize 6 essential clinical care areas, including Healthy lifestyle counseling, Evidence-based treatment of hypertension and diabetes using simple directive protocols, Access to high quality long-acting affordable medications and technology (e.g., validated automated BP devices), CVD risk assessment, Team-based care and Systems for monitoring. "

  • Recommendations for additional policies to help treat hypertension

" Develop regulations to only allow the sale of accuracy validated devices for clinical use (including home and ambulatory BP devices)*. "

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