--In honor of World Heart Day, please take a moment to learn about how Barbados has tackled cardiovascular disease!--
In Barbados, the prevalence of hypertension among their population over 65 is as high as 75%. In response to the high rates of this disease, Barbados, with support from PAHO and the CDC, introduced the Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project. The project involves three basic things: the availability of core medications, the use of a standardized treatment algorithm, and the strengthening of the health care system.
Barbados has conducted a pilot project at two clinics, enrolling 30,000 hypertension patients over a two year span. By implementing a standardized protocol of care, they saw a 14% reduction in systolic pressure.
Please watch the video below to learn more about this project! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Link leads to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ7j4g5qZVs
Link leads to: http://www.healthycaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/One-Page-of-the-HTN-Initiative-20131125.pdf