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ASH Education and Research Foundation
As a major contributor to heart disease, a leading cause of death in the
United States, high blood pressure (HBP) has become an alarming health
concern for as many as 1 in 3 American adults, who now face increased
risks for chronic kidney disease, stroke, and heart attack/heart failure.
Given its severe impact on patient health, its high prevalence, and the
low control rates (more than half of Americans with HBP do not have it
under control), the Society Has established the ASH Education and Research
Foundation to address this national health problem and advance the detection,
awareness, prevention and treatment of hypertension and its consequences.
By supporting initiatives to improve patient outcomes, promote translational
research, and provide hypertension education and services to patients
and health care professionals, the ASH Foundation aims to advocate on
behalf of patients and health care providers with a focus on achieving
blood pressure targets.
With the larger goal of improving patient care, the Foundation raises funds
through individuals and institutions to support hypertension-related initiatives
CURRENT ASH FOUNDATION GOALS:
- Funding for National Hypertension Scientific Awards, Travel Grants for
- ASH Hypertension Community Outreach Expansion
- Fund initiatives to improve hypertension patient outcomes
- Implementation of the ASH Website Hypertension Patient Portal
- Promotion of Hypertension as a career option to young physicians
ASH FOUNDATION STRATEGIES:
In accordance with national goals of reducing hypertension in adult populations
by 10% over the next decade as established by the DHHS "Healthy People
2020" initiative, the ASH Foundation has initially identified the
following strategies to achieve its goals:
- Hypertension Community Outreach Initiatives for patients and public with
focus on underserved and special populations with disparities
- Patient education materials, patient public forums, patient website assistance
- In-Service Training for health care personnel at community-based clinics,
especially primary care providers
- Designation of medical practices as ASH Designated Hypertension Centers
for patient referral and online directory for designated specialists in
- Hypertension Education for primary care physicians and other hypertension
health care providers in cities and rural areas, with focus on underserved
and special populations with disparities.
- Programs to focus on current effective treatment strategies for patients
based on translational research (bench to practice).
- Programs to recruit physicians to become hypertension specialists to address
more difficult-to-treat hypertension patient
- Expansion of the ASH Hypertension Registry to promote quality improvement
and practice-based research
- Residency Programs in Hypertension and support for young investigators
- To establish and support residency programs in hypertension, as well as
scholarships for young investigators.
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*QUICK FACTS ABOUT HYPERTENSION
About one out of three U.S. adults-31.3%-has high blood pressure and is
at major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure,
and kidney disease.[i]
High blood pressure was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death
for 326,000 Americans in 2006 and in 2010 it will cost the United States
$76.6 billion in health care services, medications, and missed days of work.[ii]
- About 70% of those with high blood pressure and took medication had their
high blood pressure controlled. The control rate was 46.6% among all hypertensive patients.
- 25% of American adults have prehypertension-blood pressure numbers that
are higher than normal, but not yet in the high blood pressure range.
- Prehypertension raises your risk for high blood pressure.
- Cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 adults in the US each year.
Of these, 150,000 are younger than age 65.
- 68 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure.
Nearly 2 out of 3 adults with high LDL cholesterol and about half of adults
with high blood pressure don't have their condition under control.[iii]
- Having health insurance is not sufficient to achieve the control.
Improvements in the way health care is delivered in the U.S. are needed.[iv]
[ii] 2.Lloyd-Jones D, Adams RJ, Brown TM, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2010 Update
. A Report from the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and
Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation. 2010;121:e1-e170.
Vital Signs: High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division
for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, retrieved from,