About Target: BP

Uncontrolled Blood Pressure in America

About 85 million adults (approximately 1 in 3) in the United States have high blood pressure. Research shows that high blood pressure is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health concerns. Research also shows that 45.9% of those with high blood pressure are not controlled, that’s 36.7 million people!


Costs Beyond Patient Health

It is estimated that high blood pressure costs the country about $48.6 billion each year. These costs range from health care services and medications to missed days of work.

Target: BP Can Make A Difference

The AHA and AMA partnered to launch Target: BP in 2015 to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation. This national initiative aims to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

Based on the most current AHA guidelines, Target: BP supports physicians and care teams by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources to reach and sustain blood pressure goal rates of less than 140/90 mmHg within the patients populations they serve.

Working together, medical practices and health service organizations can significantly improve the nation’s current national blood pressure control rate of 54 percent. Join Target: BP and be a part of this national movement to build a healthier America, starting today.