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Report Calls High Blood Pressure a 'Neglected Disease'
Date:2/22/2010

on and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

American Heart Association President Dr. Clyde Yancy said in a prepared statement: "This Institute of Medicine report on hypertension now reinforces the need for a broad-based initiative in the science and public health spectrums to help individuals manage hypertension and perhaps even prevent the onset of hypertension."

Yancy stated, "We support the IOM's recommendations to make drug therapy more affordable for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries and boost funding for prevention programs that provide smoking-cessation counseling and screenings for high blood pressure and cholesterol for underserved populations."

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View the full report at the Institute of Medicine.



SOURCES: Feb. 22, 2010, news release, American Heart Association; Feb. 22, 2010 teleconference with David W. Fleming, M.D., director, public health, Seattle/King County, Wash.; Corinne Husten, M.D., former executive vice president for program and policy, Partnership for Prevention, and currently senior medical advisor, Center for Tobacco Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Walter Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, and chair, department of nutrition and epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; A Population-Based Policy and Systems Change Approach to Prevent and Control Hypertension


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