Arkansas Blood Pressure Measurement Quality Improvement Program 

Blood Pressure: Overview | Professional | Community | Patients

Tips From the Experts and Documents to Print

Blood Pressure Measurement
Sodium and Salt
  • Sodium Reduction Toolkit — As part of a broader international effort, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed this toolkit, which provides a brief overview of various topics related to population-level sodium reduction.
  • Most Americans Should Consume Less Salt — In this link the CDC discusses the dietary guidelines and points out some hidden sources of salt in our foods. A number of resources are identified to assist patients and the public to reduce their sodium intake. 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans — New Dietary Guidelines and in particular, information about reducing sodium in the diet.

Improving the Food Environment — This document informs professionals, ascritical players, about the food system to help slow rising rates of disease, such as coronary heart disease and stroke, which are related to the consumption of foods high in fat and salt, the latter of which is found in most processed foods in excess.

JNC7 Physician's Card — A clinical reference card from NHLBI summarizing the evaluation, treatment, and lifestyle interventions recommended in the JNC 7.

A Closer Look at African American Men and High Blood Pressure Control: A Review of Psychosocial Factors and Systems-Level Interventions — This report is a resource for health professionals and public health programs that addresses high blood pressure control in African American men.
  • Burden data pertaining to African American men and high blood pressure
  • Effective and culturally appropriate promising practices and interventions
  • A list of men's health informational resources

Awareness and Treatment of Uncontrolled Hypertension Among Adults – United States 2003-2010 — This report uses data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to examine the prevalence, pharmacologic treatment and control of hypertension among U.S. adults. The examinationfocuses on indicators of the use of medical care, as well as on demographic
characteristics and socioeconomic factors.

Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the U.S. Institute of Medicine, April 2010 — New report that describes the problem, science, and recommendations to reduce sodium gradually through national strategies and policy change.

A Population-Based Policy and Systems Change Approach to Prevent and Control Hypertension. Institute of Medicine, March 2010 — New guidance and priority strategies for a public health approach to high blood pressure reduction and control.

A Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children — This summary reviews the national guidelines for measuring blood pressure in children and detection of high risk.