Activity ID



July 31, 2021

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CME Credit



CME Provider

American College of Physicians


The prevalence of hypertension is high, with the risk rising as people age. The risk from elevated blood pressure is significant and is a leading cause of preventable death due to cardiovascular disease. Many people are unaware that they have hypertension and even among those who do, less than half are treated to the recommended target levels.

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Educational Objectives

- Recognize essential hypertension in patients not yet formally diagnosed with the condition.

- Engage patients as partners to reduce risk and improve hypertension control (e.g., shared decision making on approach and setting goals based on patient values, preferences, outcomes).

- Connect clinicians, patients and families to a variety of resources for information and support about healthy behaviors.

- Understand the options for initiating pharmacologic therapy, if necessary, the goals of therapy and how to counsel patients on the importance of medication adherence.


Hypertension, Blood pressure


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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