What is Hypertension?

Hypertension (HTN), or systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings higher than clinically acceptable limits, is the most common, costly and controllable cardiovascular condition in the United States and worldwide.1,2

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Types of Hypertension

Hypertension offten presents differently based on time, setting and a host of other factors. That’s why the condition is categorized into three clinically important blood pressure patterns.

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According to HTN guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA), blood pressure readings higher than 120/80 mm HG are considered elevated.

This categorizes 46% of US adults as hypertensive.3

The worldwide prevalence of hypertension in adults is estimated to be 30-45%.1,2

In the US, nearly half of adults over 20 meet HTN guidelines, and/or are medicated for the condition.3 That’s approximately 116M Americans.

The Clinical, Economic and Social Impacts of Hypertension are Growing Every Day

Better blood pressure management is critical — in more ways than one.

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Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular death in the US.

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Per-patient outpatient expenditures were 22% higher in 2012-2013 compared to 2000-2001.5

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Americans with hypertension pay nearly $2,000 more in annual healthcare costs than their normotensive counterparts.6

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In 2018, ~50-72% of hospitalized patients24 needed hypertension addressed during their stays. 25,26

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Why is Diagnosing Hypertension So Difficult?

Several common challenges can make it difficult for office clinicians to follow HTN guidelines for screening and diagnosing.

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The problem is clear: manual, in-office readings are not sufficient to properly identify this serious condition. How can we do better?

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It Matters How You Measure

Our trusted clinical parameters — including SureBP® blood pressure technology and SureTemp® thermometry — deliver results you can count on. And that’s important because, for accurate blood pressure readings, every millimeter counts.

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Technique Matters

Manual blood pressure readings are easy to get wrong. The good news? With a few tweaks to your technique and the right tools — including the right blood pressure cuff size — you can make a big difference in the accuracy of your patient readings and diagnoses.27,28

Technology Matters

Diagnosing and managing hypertension starts with accurate BP measurements — so you need technology you can trust.

The Spot Vital Signs 4400 Device offers:

  • An easy-to-use, easy-to-navigate touchscreen
  • One-tap blood pressure averaging
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Use it as a standalone device or connect it with many of today’s top EMR systems. The Spot Vital Signs 4400 Device makes it easy to send information directly to your patient’s chart, helping reduce manual data entry errors.

Keep Learning

Explore these resources to help your practice better diagnose and manage hypertension.

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[eBook] Physician’s Guide to Hypertension
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[Whitepaper] Automatic BP Devices Can Deliver Long-Term Benefits
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[Whitepaper] Rethink Your Hypertension Program
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[Whitepaper] Help Improve Hypertension Detection with BP Averaging

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