“Hiding in Plain Sight” New Resources Help Find Patients with Undiagnosed Hypertension

Millions of people with hypertension are seen by healthcare providers each year, but many remain undiagnosed—essentially “hiding in plain sight” within clinical settings.

Hypertension is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Nearly one out of three adults have hypertension, and almost half do not have the condition under control. Approximately 13 million people with uncontrolled hypertension don’t know they have it and are not receiving treatment.

Visit the new Million Hearts® “Hiding in Plain Sight” webpage to view a set of tools and resources to help find patients with undiagnosed hypertension.

Here you will discover:

  • Finding Undiagnosed Hypertensive Patients” video: Learn four steps health systems and practices can take to find patients with potentially undiagnosed hypertension.
  • Million Hearts® Hypertension Prevalence Estimator Tool: This tool is designed to: 1) estimate an expected hypertension prevalence among their ambulatory patient population; and 2) initiate or build on their existing hypertension management quality improvement process by comparing the expected hypertension prevalence generated from the tool with their actual calculated prevalence.
  • Partner Toolkit: Social media messages, social cards and newsletter content that you can easily share to help spread the word.

Qsource works with home health agencies, physician offices, clinics and other healthcare facilities to spread evidence-based practices to promote the use of the ABCS—Aspirin therapy when appropriate, Blood pressure (BP) control, Cholesterol management and Smoking assessment and cessation.

Go here for a list of Qsource Quality Improvement advisors dedicated to providing you with technical assistance to improve cardiac health in your community.