Transforming High Blood Pressure Care Through Community
Untreated high blood pressure, known by many as a “silent
killer,” can—without symptoms—quietly damage the body for
years and lead to devastating medical conditions. Over time,
when high blood pressure is not consistently and effectively
treated, it will ultimately manifest into heart attacks, heart
disease, strokes, or kidney disease.
Today, in Monroe County:
- It’s estimated one out of every three adults suffers from
high blood pressure.
- An additional one out of three is considered to be on the
fringe of having acceptable blood pressure levels—meaning they
are likely to have it soon.
- That’s 360,000 people in Monroe County who are facing, or
who could face, potential major medical issues.
Beyond personal health, there’s a significant financial cost
to our community as well:
- Hospital admissions for heart attacks, heart disease,
strokes, and kidney disease—the end results of untreated high
blood pressure—cost more than $169 million in Monroe County
- That spending forces a trickle-down effect that ultimately
increases health care and insurance costs locally.
The High Blood Pressure Collaborative was created by the
Rochester Business Alliance Health Care Planning Team to
address these issues. In partnership with the Finger Lakes
Health Systems Agency, they are now being implemented in the
Finger Lakes Region. To learn more about the project, please
High Blood Pressure Collaborative Work in the News:
Click here to download a Consumer Reports feature on purchasing home blood pressure monitors