Target: BP Symposium of Western PA

Target: BP



One in three American adults — about 80 million people — has high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have joined to commit to Target: BP™ a nationwide initiative to help healthcare providers and patients achieve better blood pressure control at the best levels to improve health. The number of people with high blood pressure is increasing. Roughly half of persons with high blood pressure do not have their blood pressure controlled, despite the fact that it can usually be easily treated and that maintaining lower blood pressure can reduce risks and improve health outcomes.

The Target: BP Symposium, chaired by Sean Stocker, PhD, Director, Basic and Translational Research University of Pittsburgh Hypertension Center, will:

- Gain appreciation and understanding about the new blood pressure guidelines.

- Learn how your practice or health center can use an evidenced-based hypertension treatment protocol.

- Identify and overcome common hurdles to patient blood pressure management.

- Integrate use of treatment algorithm based on blood pressure goals set according to scientific evidence, clinical judgment & patient tolerance emphasizing the importance of patient engagement.

- Utilize materials that promote collaborative approaches to engage patients in their care and help get to goal.

- Comprehend team based care options including health insurance and community-based organization’s role in improving blood pressure control.

        -      Health system leaders
-          Health Insurance leaders
-          Primary Care physicians
-          FQHCs
-          Medical Associations
-          Community-based leaders
-          Health Department



Please note:  this is a FREE event, but on-line registration is required.  Deadline for registration is 5pm, January 22, 2018 

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Blood Pressure Challenge – Noon

Hosted by: American Medical Association

Attendees will be able to “test their skills” for blood pressure measurement. Participants will be scored based on the 11-point technique, supervised by two AMA nurses who specialize in BP measurement.

The first 10 participants to achieve at least 10 points will receive a gift card.

For more information, contact Jesabel Rivera-Guerra at 412-208-3633 or