At Wellmont Medical Associates, our goal is to provide
patients with the highest quality care and service no matter what. This means
whether you visit for an illness, injury or for your yearly physical – we are
here for you.
But did you know Wellmont Medical Associates also strives to
keep our entire community healthy?
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control showed that
one in three people in the country have high blood pressure, but one of the
most dangerous facets of this condition is someone might have no idea he or she
is afflicted. As a result, it is frequently called a silent killer, one that
contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day.
These sobering statistics have long concerned Wellmont
Medical Associates. And it has led us to join more than 120 medical groups
and health systems in a national campaign called Measure Up/Pressure Down.
Created by the American Medical Group Foundation, the
campaign has an ambitious goal: By 2016, 80 percent of patients with high blood
pressure will have this condition under control. Action is necessary because,
without corrective measures, the number of people with high blood pressure is
projected to climb to 100 million by 2030, the foundation said.
High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 Americans and is one of
the most important risk factors for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and
Early recognition and control lessen the risk of future
As a Wellmont Medical Associates patient, will notice an
increased focus on hypertension in our offices.
We have challenged all providers and staff to create a
culture where hypertension goal achievement is the norm for our patients, and
we encourage any caregiver to remind both the patient and provider if a
patient’s high blood pressure is not under control.
Expect your blood pressure to be addressed at every visit,
and if you are a newly diagnosed patient or started on a new medication, we
will ask you to follow-up within 30 days. This allows us an opportunity to
reevaluate treatment, intensify if needed and provide education.
There are five steps you can do to help us take an accurate
Visit any of our Wellmont Medical Associates practices to
start taking control of your blood pressure today.
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