Hypertension

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The problem we face

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Concentrating on this health issue, which contributes to so many others, is critical to improving health in Nashville.

30% of Nashvillians are obese, higher than our peer cities.

30% of Nashvillians are obese, higher than our peer cities.

RWJF County Health Rankings, 2019

Nearly 1 in 4 Nashvillians are physically inactive, compared to 1 in 5 among top-performing cities.

Nearly 1 in 4 Nashvillians are physically inactive, compared to 1 in 5 among top-performing cities.

RWJF County Health Rankings, 2019

23% of Nashville deaths are due to heart disease.

23% of Nashville deaths are due to heart disease.

Centers for Disease Control, 2013

Initiatives

Target BP: In partnership with American Heart Association and American Medical Association, NashvilleHealth is supporting Target BP, a learning collaborative among providers for shared protocols and interventions around hypertension.  NashvilleHealth is engaging clinical providers in discussions about Target BP processes and goal-setting for Nashville, and convening diverse community and public health leaders to engage in Target BP. In its first two years, the program has engaged 16 clinics and reached more than 680,000 patients.

Heart Health Convenings: NashvilleHealth is serving as a convening organization for ongoing meetings of key heart health organizations in the community, including the American Heart Association, the YMCA, the Mayor’s Office and the TN Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. These ongoing meetings serve to foster dialogue and connectivity of our efforts.

Heart Health Summit: NashvilleHealth partnered with the YMCA of Tennessee to address heart health and chronic disease prevention in the city. Together, we hosted three health summits focused on taking clinical learnings and programs and applying them in the community.

Women’s Heart Alliance: NashvilleHealth served on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) Cities with Heart Initiative: Nashville. The multi-pronged initiative included women’s heart health awareness, screening and diagnosis. In the initial phase, activities focused on the heart health of nurses and municipal employees. More than 600 Nashville women have been screened through this initiative.

The Barbershop Project: NashvilleHealth, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and the Tennessee Pharmacists Association collaborated to bring the NIH-funded Barbershop Project to Nashville. The unique project focuses on hypertension management among black men, employing a collaboration among barbers,
pharmacists, physicians, and academic research partners.

Resources

American Heart Association: The American Heart Association is working with local citizens and community leaders, collaborating with neighbors and supporters. They offer CPR training courses, employee wellness programs and other educational resources on topics such as congenital heart defects and healthy living.

American Medical Association (AMA): The AMA is leading meaningful innovation to enable a better health care system for patients, physicians and the country.

YMCA – The YMCA is working to strengthen the community – making sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Their work is focused in three key areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.