Pain, Hypertension, and CVD Management Toolkit

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The American Heart Association® (AHA) is leading an initiative to educate professionals on how high blood pressure (BP) and other special conditions impact cardiovascular disease risk including medication management with over-the-counter pain relief.

Guideline-Driven Management of Hypertension: An Evidence-Based Update

Dr. Robert Carey from the University of Virginia and co-author of the 2017 AHA/American College of Cardiology clinical practice guidelines reviews important findings on the prevention, detection, and management of hypertension in this on-demand webinar.  

Pain Assessment & Pain Management Podcast

This series portrays the patient and clinician's experience with assessing and managing pain. It is part of a larger pain, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease initiative to educate providers on patient pain and medication management with considerations for over-the-counter pain relief for patients with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

This podcast is intended to be a guide to educate providers on the pain assessment tools available and provide practical applications for assessing and managing pain at different stages in the patient journey. Any recommendations or information provided are not to be construed as a directive, endorsement, or medical advice.

Speaker: Paul Arnstein, PhD. Paul is a certified family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and a pain management nurse. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at the Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and an independent pain educator and consultant.


Supporting Guidelines and AHA Scientific Statements

BP Clinical Resources

Educational Activity


The resources in this toolkit have been created and assembled by the AHA, its volunteer medical professionals from across the country, and the hospitals participating in this initiative.

The materials are for educational purposes only. The content provided in this toolkit does not constitute an endorsement or instruction by the American Heart Association or the American Stroke Association.

On-demand Library

Recordings from the Pain and Hypertension Management Summit - April 21, 2022

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