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Baby Boomers and Doctors Must Partner to Fight Hidden Epidemic

Dr. Peter PronovostDr. Peter Pronovost

Millions of baby boomers are at risk for stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions caused by high blood pressure, but many fail to change their lifestyles to control hypertension until experiencing visible symptoms.

Both doctors and patients need to change their behavior to better manage hypertension, which affects nearly 80 million Americans, says Peter Pronovost, senior vice president for patient safety and quality and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Pronovost advocates for patients developing a partnership with their doctor in his article “The Silent Epidemic Attacking Baby Boomers,” published in the Wall Street Journal’s online feature of commentary by experts in health care.

Learn ways to better manage blood pressure as you age, along with other wellness tips, on Healthy Aging, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s online health content.

Find more insights from Pronovost on his patient safety and quality blog, and learn how the Armstrong Institute is improving the safe and effective delivery of health care around the world.