Saving Lives Through Prevention

Making strides in fighting high blood pressure

More of our patients have their blood pressure under control.1

Bar chart showing that 86% of Kaiser Permanente patients have their blood pressure under control vs. 50% for the U.S..

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because so many people don't know they have it. If left untreated, it can damage blood vessels and lead to stroke and heart attack.

To reduce heart attacks and strokes, Kaiser Permanente is actively lowering risks in people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. We are helping more of our patients keep high blood pressure under control compared to the rest of the nation, saving countless lives.

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A proven prevention program saves lives

Our research shows that a simple bundle of affordable medications, combined with a program designed to support healthy lifestyle changes (also known as ALL/PHASE), can effectively reduce heart attacks and strokes by 60 percent for patients with heart disease or patients with diabetes over the age of 55.2 This successful prevention program is currently in practice throughout all Kaiser Permanente locations nationwide and has been shared with hospitals and community clinics across the country.

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Proactive, personalized care

Your primary care doctor, cardiologist, nurses, and pharmacists are all connected to your electronic health record, so they are informed and ready to care for you.3 This coordinated approach has made Kaiser Permanente a leader in preventing and diagnosing heart disease.

monitoring the heart

Early Assessment

From the start, we assess your risk for heart disease. Members with early risk factors are identified for closer monitoring and treatment.3

appointment reminders

Automatic Reminders

Your electronic health record lets us schedule the recommended preventive screenings and remind you when it's time to come in.3

Kaiser Permanente's electronic health management system

Access to specialists

Your doctor can arrange referrals and order tests so your specialist has the results before your next appointment. And you can email your doctor anytime.3

Helping you live healthier and longer

Lifestyle changes go a long way to preventing heart disease, but they’re not always easy to make. That's why we offer help both inside and outside the doctor's office, with programs and classes to help you:

To help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, we also offer wellness coaching by phone, free of charge. We're getting the community involved with our national Every Body Walk! campaign and expanding the conversation to thought leaders in Washington, D.C. at our Center for Total Health.

For more detailed information about cardiac care, visit kp.org/heart.

  • 1 Kaiser Permanente program average is the weighted average of each regional health plan's rate and its eligible Commercial plan and Medicare plan population. National average is based on Controlling High Blood Pressure 2012 ratings from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for commercial and medicare plans published by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. HEDIS is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). For more information, visit ncqa.org
  • 2 Internal Kaiser Permanente Northern California Department of Research study conducted from 2004–2006.
  • 3 Some features discussed on this website are available only to members receiving care at Kaiser Permanente medical facilities and may vary by region.