Trends in Hypertension Control in the United States: Trends in Physician Visits

physiciansStatistics on annual patient visits to private practice, office-based physicians are collected by IMS America, and reported in the National Disease and Therapeutic Index (NDTI). As indicated in Figure 1, patient visitsfor “hypertensive disease (hypertension and hypertensive heart disease) increased during the 1970s until 1976, when it began to decline and followed the national decreasing trend for all visits to physicians. But from 1970 to 1982, visits to physicians for hypertension increased almost 55 percent, whereas visits for all causes remained relatively stable.

Trends in Hypertension Control in the United States: Trends in Prevalence, Public Knowledge, Patient Behavior, and Control Status

Blood PressureWith the passage of ten years since the inception of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP), it is timely and appropirate to assess progress toward the realization of its mission. This report examines trends in public knowledge, patient behavior, control status, and mortality rates associated with high blood pressure. These trends are indicators of progress toward realization of the NHBPEP mission, which is to promote nationwide efforts to detect, treat, and control hypertension through education programs.