The AMA House of Delegates also encourages healthier options in hospitals, food banks, SNAP, and tackles wording that contributes to obesity stigma.
A recent study found that, when tested, medical students correctly performed less than half of skills needed to obtain proper blood-pressure readings.
Forceful efforts to fight insurance mergers, the opioid epidemic, prediabetes and hypertension are among the highlights in the AMA’s 2016 Annual Report.
African-Americans have a higher rate of hypertension than the population at large, but prioritizing communication can help.
Accurate measurement, quick action on treatment and a true partnership with patients will boost control of this deadly, costly condition.