AHA High Blood Pressure Toolkit

14 Hypertension Guideline Toolkit for Healthcare Providers SMALL CHANGES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE Strategies to Improve Control of Hypertension In addition to a team-based approach to managing hypertension, other strategies focus on promoting lifestyle modifications and improving adherence to antihypertensive medication. Promoting lifestyle modifications Small changes can make a big difference. Patients adopting and maintaining lifestyle modifications can improve their blood pressure. Encourage the use of strategies that can help promote necessary behavioral changes, such as the following: • Set goals • Provide feedback • Emphasize importance of self-monitoring • Promote self-sufficiency • Schedule consistent follow-up • Use motivation interventions These strategies are most effective when combined.