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    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

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Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program

Did you know that heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of adult Texans? 

The Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program (THDSP) aims to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke in Texas by providing leadership and facilitating collaboration among stakeholders who are working to address heart disease, stroke and related risk factors in healthcare, community and worksite settings. The THDSP implements statewide activities and programs to address heart disease and stroke, with a focus on the following risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, low physical activity, poor nutrition and tobacco use. 

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In the spotlight 2018

**Download our NEW High Blood Pressure (HBP) Guides**

Texas Plan to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

2016 Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheets                                                                                                                                                       

2017 Hypertension Clinical Guidelines

The 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults, a Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines was released on November 13, 2017. 

The guidelines will replace the 2003 guidelines published by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. 

New guideline highlights include the following:

  • High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for the diastolic measurement. That is a change from the old definition of 140/90 and higher, reflecting complications that can occur at those lower numbers.
  • By lowering the definition of high blood pressure, the guidelines recommend earlier intervention to prevent further increases in blood pressure and the complications of hypertension.

For a more information, please visit the AHA website.

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

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Blood Pressure Guide 2018 (English)


Blood Pressure Guide 2018 (Spanish)

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Blood Pressure Passport 2018 (English)

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Blood Pressure Passport 2018 (Spanish)

The TMF QIN-QIO, Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and North East Texas Public Health District (NET Health) have partnered to increase blood pressure control in North East Texas through a joint project focused on home blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring is a best practice for improving blood pressure (BP) control among patients and is a priority of the TMF QIN-QIO, DSHS, NET Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. The TMF QIN-QIO, DSHS, and NET Health has identified primary care practice groups to participate in the project. Participating practice groups will be asked to identify patients with uncontrolled blood pressure. Selected patients will receive home blood pressure monitors and education on their use. Education will be provided by certified Community Health Workers (CHW) and/or staff at the primary care practice. The project will assist with efforts to increase blood pressure control rates in a highly prevalent hypertension region in Texas. 

For more information about high blood pressure and how to measure, control and prevent it, visit http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm.

If you are a healthcare provider, a selection of tools to enhance your heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment efforts can be found at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/tools.html.

Healthcare providers may also directly download the Hypertension Prevalence Estimator, for calculating the estimated percentage of patients in their practice who have hypertension, at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/files/MH_HTN_Estimator.xlsm (Excel-300K).


Last updated November 8, 2018