University of Calgary
CEO, Hypertension Canada
An estimated 7.5 million Canadians have hypertension, also known as High Blood Pressure. As the symptoms of Hypertension are typically silent, blood pressure measurement or monitoring is key to detection. Recent changes in clinical guidelines offer patients and healthcare professionals the opportunity to identify and treat patients who are at risk for the serious complications of uncontrolled hypertension.
In the last two years, we’ve made some significant changes to our guidelines regarding blood pressure management, particularly if you’re an individual at increased risk for adverse outcomes such as heart disease or stroke. So if you have kidney disease, or you’re an older adult, we actually are now recommending that we treat your blood pressure quite aggressively, that we start treatment if your blood pressure is consistently above 130 and we treat to a target of 120 millimeters systolic.
~Dr. Doreen Rabi (Clinical Endocrinologist, Calgary)
Hypertension is actually a really helpful red flag for us. It tells us that we are at risk for a number of chronic diseases that can really damage our health.~Angelique Berg (CEO, Hypertension Canada)