Blood pressure is the force of our blood being pushed against the artery walls when our heart beats. However, when the heart must exert more force to pump blood through the arteries, high blood pressure, or hypertension, may occur. Left unchecked, this can lead to various health concerns, most notably heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, there are many ways you can help reduce your blood pressure to healthy levels.
Annapolis, Maryland. January 27, 2015 – The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) released a new study analyzing the impact of increased cost sharing on patient adherence to prescription medications. The research released at the Capitol was focused on how the Maryland healthcare exchange could be improved to help patients better understand their insurance options.
DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 23, 2015 -- The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) released a public opinion poll of Iowa health care leaders and a new study analyzing the impact of increased cost sharing on patient adherence to prescription medications. The research released at the Capitol was focused on how the Iowa healthcare exchange could be improved to help patients better understand their insurance options.
1.7 million cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, and as Dr. Julia Perkins Smith notes, each diagnosis comes with “complicated treatment decisions as well as life decisions, including whether to work while undergoing treatment.” While one might assume that patients with breast cancer would focus on their treatment and recovery at the expense of making it into the office, a new survey from Cancer and Careers, Pfizer Inc.
"We know chronic disease is the premier health challenge of our time," said Sen. Ron Wyden at a public forum hosted by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease entitled "Chronic Disease — Solving the Public Health Epidemic."
Portland, OR (October 21, 2014) – Chronic, non-communicable diseases now account for more than 83 percent of the $3.8 trillion the U.S. spends on health care. In Medicare, 98 percent of program spending – about $487 billion – goes toward serving patients suffering from multiple chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. In Oregon, nearly 60 percent of those 65 and older suffer from two or more chronic conditions.
The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently issued their report on the state of obesity in America and there is enough good news in the report to view it as a glass half full. Unfortunately, the warning signs in the report are so serious that the glass may actually be half-full with a double-thick chocolate shake topped with extra whipped cream and a candy bar on the side.
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The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and...