"Essential Hypertension" is diagnosed when no specific cause for the elevated blood pressure can be found. A normal blood pressure for most adults is less than 120/80 mm Hg. If an individuals blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or above, that individual is said to have hypertension or high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, renal disease and stroke. Controlling one's blood pressure can help prevent these diseases.
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standards of care.
This measure assesses the percentage of patients 18-85 years of age who have a diagnosis of uncomplicated essential hypertension and whose blood pressure was adequately controlled (less than 140/90 mm Hg).