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Preventing and Controlling Hypertension for Improved Population Health: Healthy People 2020 Heart Disease and Stroke Objectives

High blood pressure, or hypertension, has detrimental effects on health, particularly if left uncontrolled for sustained periods of time. High pressure in blood vessels damages major organs, especially the heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes, and is a leading risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. The federal partners who oversee Healthy People 2020 Heart Disease and Stroke objectives support research, data analysis, public health initiatives, and public education activities that will facilitate use of evidence-based strategies to prevent and control hypertension.

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The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) plays a vital role in keeping the Nation healthy. We accomplish this by setting national health goals and objectives and supporting programs, services, and education activities that improve the health of all Americans.

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