Broward Community and Family Health Centers, Inc. is nationally recognized for its commitment to prioritizing blood pressure control

Broward Community and Family Health Centers, Inc. (BCOM) have been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Medical Association for their commitment to improving blood pressure (BP) control rates, earning Silver-level recognition as part of the Target: BP™ initiative.

121.5 million U.S. adults live with high blood pressure or hypertension. This is nearly half of all adults in the country. Unfortunately, less than half of them have their BP under control, making diagnosis and effective management critical. In the U.S., heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death, respectively, and stroke is a leading cause of disability.

Target: BP is a national collaboration between the American Heart Association and American Medical Association aimed at reducing the number of adults in the U.S. who suffer from heart attacks and strokes each year by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize BP control.

“Addressing blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health,” said Rosalyn Frazier, BCOM’s Chief Executive Officer. “High blood pressure is a leading risk factor of heart disease and stroke that can often be prevented or managed if diagnosed and treated properly.”

The Silver award recognizes practices that have demonstrated a commitment to improving blood pressure control through measurement accuracy.

“By committing to helping more people control their blood pressure and reduce their risks for future heart disease and stroke, BCOM is taking a key step to helping more people live longer, healthier lives,” said Howard Haft, M.D., MMM, CPE, FACPE, volunteer expert for the AHA and executive director of the Maryland Primary Care Program, in Baltimore. “BCOM’s participation in the Target: BP initiative shows its dedication to turning clinical guidelines into lifelines for patients and their families.”

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