How to stem the rising tide of hypertension-related deaths? Nurses may hold the key.

Nurse measuring a patient's blood pressure

It is estimated that hypertension affects 1 in 2 adults in the United States, yet many are unaware they have it, and even fewer are doing something to control it. In an urgent call to prevent cardiovascular deaths caused by rising cases of hypertension, nursing leaders from eleven national and federal organizations — including the American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have banded together to bring greater focus to the critical roles and actions nurses can take to slow this epidemic. Their call to action is published in the journal Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.

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