February 13, 2018 – (Atlanta, GA) – According to new data collected by Pursuant Health, the average American may now suffer from Stage 1 Hypertension. Blood pressure data from 22,364,504 screenings conducted in 2017 at Pursuant Health wellness screening kiosks in the United States showed the average systolic pressure was 130 and average diastolic pressure was 81.
Late last year, the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) updated their blood pressure guidelines. These new guidelines, supported by a 2015 study of more than 9,000 individuals, lower the indication of ‘Stage 1 Hypertension’ from 140/90 to 130/80.
According to the ACC, “The new guidelines – the first comprehensive set since 2003 – lower the definition of high blood pressure to account for complications that can occur at lower numbers and to allow for earlier intervention. The new definition will result in nearly half of the U.S. adult population (46 percent) having high blood pressure, with the greatest impact expected among younger people.”
The news may actually be worse. Around 74% of those assessed by Pursuant Health had blood pressure measurements that would be considered “elevated” or worse according to the new guidelines, while only 26% had a ‘normal’ blood pressure lower than 120/80.
“These data suggest that we need more education and engagement around improving heart health,” says Gillian Marshall, MPH, Product Manager at Pursuant Health. “February is American Heart Month and Pursuant Health has a goal of delivering 5 million blood pressure screenings this month alone, because knowing your numbers is the first step.” Because 79% of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles of a Pursuant Health kiosk, the free blood pressure screening is accessible for most Americans. “If a user’s test results reveal he or she is hypertensive, we want to connect that person with information and resources to affect positive change. Speaking to the pharmacist is a great start.”
“With retail partners like Walmart and Safeway and health plan partners like Anthem, we meet people where they are, creating meaningful health-focused engagements and providing resources and incentives to drive healthy behavior.”
For those who took the Pursuant Health blood pressure screenings, user demographics broke out as follows:
Age 14-17, 4%
Age 18-24, 9%
Age 25-34, 14%
Age 35-44, 14%
Age 45-54, 18%
Age 55-64, 19%
Age 65+, 22%
In terms of ethnicity:
Native American, 2.5%
Pacific Islander, 0.8%
About Pursuant Health
Pursuant Health’s purpose is to engage individuals to manage their health and improve outcomes. Our consumer-centric, multi-channel platform captures and integrates health-related data to incentivize healthy behavior. This population health data provides high ROI for health plans, employers and marketers of consumer health products. We meet people where they are while they are engaged in their health. Pursuant Health’s population health management platform enables the company to be a one stop shop and great partner for individualized consumer healthcare engagement and incentivization. www.pursuanthealth.com
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