Nearly one in three American adults suffers from high blood pressure (hypertension), according to the American Heart Association. In an effort to help clinicians prevent or minimize their patients’ serious health conditions that result from high blood pressure, the National Campaign to Control Hypertensionsm (NCCHsm) is launching its website, controlhypertension.org. The NCCH is a medical education initiative offering a wide range of programs and activities to enhance clinicians’ knowledge of hypertension and to identify clinically effective ways to reduce its associated risks.
This initiative is sponsored by Thomson Professional Postgraduate Services (PPS), a part of The Thomson Corporation. The NCCH is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
"Controlhypertension.org gives physicians and other healthcare professionals a single source for current, clinically relevant, and useful hypertension information," says NCCH co-chairperson Suzanne Oparil, MD. "What makes it different from other websites is not only its comprehensiveness, but also its timeliness."
Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a risk factor in many cardiovascular outcomes including diabetes, heart failure, myocardial infarction, and kidney disease. Controlhypertension.org is designed specifically for the needs of primary-care physicians, specialists, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients with hypertension.
Controlhypertension.org provides physicians and healthcare professionals with practical tools that are regularly updated including: a comprehensive slide library, literature reviews, cardiovascular news, a continuing medical education (CME)-certified newsletter, and a clinical trials resource center. Plus, the website offers patient education materials and an events calendar where registered users can enroll for NCCH programs.