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  1. Miller, Nancy Houston RN, BSN

Abstract

More than one third of all Americans have high or high-normal blood pressure and are at risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and heart failure. Many of these are not diagnosed or are inadequately treated. The large number of untreated individuals at risk for the complications of hypertension, or who have not achieved goal pressures on therapy, require a concerted effort by health care professionals to screen and treat this condition. Aggressive identification and treatment of even high-normal hypertension can reduce adverse outcomes. The importance of aggressive management is outlined in this article.