Austin Regional Clinic Blood Pressure Program to Help 30,000 Central Texans

Free community blood pressure screening & counseling on May 15 to celebrate program’s first year

AUSTIN, TEXAS – (May 12, 2014) High blood pressure puts 68 million people at greater risk for heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Yet, most who have high blood pressure don't even know it. Because the condition often has no symptoms, it is often called the "silent killer".

Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) is helping Central Texans reduce their risk — making sure they know their number — with a free blood pressure screening and counseling at three ARC locations on May 15.

The event marks the first year of ARC's commitment to Measure Up/Pressure Down*, a three-year national campaign launched by the American Medical Group Foundation to improve care and reduce the burden of high blood pressure.

In May 2013, ARC joined the campaign along with Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and other leading medical providers around the country with the specific goal—to have 80% of patients with high blood pressure under control by 2016. This means more than 30,000 Central Texans will be positively impacted as a result of ARC's blood pressure commitment.

In the first year, ARC helped 66% of its 37,000 patients with hypertension gain control of their blood pressure—an improvement over the national average < 50%.1

"We know that high blood pressure is a preventable and treatable yet, too many are either unaware of their condition or know how to control it," said Anas Daghestani, MD, internal medicine at ARC and medical director of population health and clinical quality. "in the first year, we've already shown how we can turn this around, which translates into lives saved."

Community Screening Details

What: Free Blood Pressure Screening & Counseling

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Where: Three Austin Regional Clinic locations:

  • ARC Far West 6835 Austin Center Blvd, Austin, TX
  • ARC Round Rock 940 Hesters Crossing, Round Rock, TX
  • ARC Southwest 1807 Slaughter Lane, Suite 490, Austin, TX

High Blood Pressure Fast Facts

  • Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body
  • 68 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure (HBP) or about 1 in 3 persons
  • Less than half of people with HBP have their condition under control
  • HBP accounts for $156 billion in health care services, medications and lost productivity.1

For more information about Austin Regional Clinic and the community screenings, visit www.austinregionalclinic.com or (512) 272-4636.

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About The Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM) Campaign?

The American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF), the nonprofit arm of the American Medical Group Association, launched Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM)-a three-year national campaign to improve care and reduce the burden of high blood pressure on November 29, 2012. Measure Up/Pressure Down includes nearly 150 medical groups, health systems and national partners such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Geisinger Health System. The goal of the three-year campaign is to have 80 percent of high blood pressure patients in control of their condition by 2016. For more information visit www.measureuppressuredown.com.

About Austin Regional Clinic

Austin Regional Clinic is a multispecialty medical group committed to providing comprehensive healthcare services throughout the greater Austin area. Founded by three physicians in 1980, it now provides health care to over 380,000 area residents in 18 locations in six cities, including both primary and specialty care. It is unique to the Austin area because of the widespread locations, convenient services and quality assurance programs. ARC patients enjoy convenient access with same-day appointments, daytime urgent care services, after hours clinics, and nursing services through the night. Most ARC clinics also offer on-site radiology and lab services and some clinics offer specialty programs such as a travel clinic and weight loss programs. Patients can also request future or same-day appointments from the ARC web site at www.austinregionalclinic.com.

 

1. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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