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Op-Ed: National Forum Calls for Collective Will and More Funding to Fight Hypertension
Date:2/23/2010

ention is funded at a modest $54.1 million to support activities for not only hypertension, but also stroke and cardiovascular disease in general. This funding level is astonishing in light of the fact that hypertension is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, affecting nearly one in three Americans. Prevalent in adults and endemic in older Americans, hypertension is a major contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and disability.

Numerous studies have been conducted which prove that hypertension is relatively easy to prevent, diagnose, and treat.  Clearly, what stands in the way of addressing the hypertension epidemic is not the lack of knowledge, but the absence of a collective will to allocate resources for national, state and local interventions.

The IOM report, A Population-Based Policy and Systems Change Approach to Prevent and Control Hypertension, released Monday, reiterates the repeated call that CDC's CVD program is dramatically underfunded and makes the recommendation that "Congress give priority to assuring adequate resources for implementing a broad suite of population-based policy and system approaches at the federal, state and local levels that have the greatest promise to prevent, treat, and control hypertension." Only adequate funding will deliver the nation from the impact of hypertension. In most states, current levels of funding make it almost impossible to develop a program that will make any meaningful impact, especially in health disp
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