MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, iHealth Lab Inc. reported high blood pressure statistics for 17 of the largest cities in the U. S. The data helps shed light on how these cities are doing in the battle to control the number one affliction of adult Americans. High blood pressure or hypertension affects one in three1 (67 million) Americans today. This effort coincides with May National High Blood Pressure Education Month and seeks to raise awareness of the importance for adults to regularly monitor and manage their blood pressure.
To raise awareness of the prevalence of the disease, iHealth has tapped Practice Fusion, the country's largest physician-patient community, to examine hypertension trends across the U.S. Based on information from a subset of 81 million de-identified and aggregated health records, Practice Fusion identified the percentage of patients with high blood pressure and percentage of patients at blood pressure goal for the most populous cities and compared them to nationwide blood pressure information from the Practice Fusion platform. The data, along with tips on how to control high blood pressure, can now be found at http://www.ihealthlabs.com/Blood-Pressure-Month.htm.
"Hypertension is a completely controllable condition, yet remains a primary or contributing factor in over 1,000 deaths a day in America2," said Adam Lin, president of iHealth Lab. "Unfortunately, tens of millions of Americans do not have their high blood pressure under control. One of the first steps in controlling your blood pressure is to take a measurement on a regular basis. Fortunately, technology makes self-monitoring of your blood pressure at home easier than ever. Our objective is to help Americans proactively manage the silent killer and significantly reduce the risks associated with the disease."
About iHealth Lab, Inc.
iHealth is dedicated to helping people lead healthier lives. They are a leader in the design and manufacture of consumer-friendly, mobile personal healthcare products that are connected through the cloud. The company focuses on delivering high quality products that are easy-to-use, making it simple for consumers to accurately measure, track and share a full range of health vitals. By connecting the data through the cloud, consumers are able to see a more comprehensive view of their vitals, easily share data with health care professionals or caregivers and take an active role in managing their health. Visit www.ihealthlabs.com to learn more.
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2. Go AS, Mozaffarian D, Roger VL, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2013 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013;127:e6–245.
SOURCE iHealth Lab Inc.