and Prevention, practicing pharmacists and national pharmacist groups are teaming up to help Americans learn to improve their blood pressure.
The program, "Team Up. Pressure Down.," includes educational videos, a blood pressure control journal, and wallet card to track medication use.
The tools are intended to help pharmacists talk about medications and how patients can use them effectively.
"More than 36 million Americans, or more than half of those with hypertension, don’t have their blood pressure under control and every single day, more than one thousand Americans have a heart attack or stroke," said Janet Wright, a board-certified cardiologist and executive director of Million Hearts.
"Through the 'Team Up. Pressure Down.' educational program for pharmacists, we are taking the first step in helping many more Americans achieve blood pressure control."
The goal of Million Hearts is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
For more information about the Million Hearts Team Up. Pressure Down. program and access to tools and resources, visit the Million Hearts website.
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