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AB-570 Cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure.(2015-2016)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 570


Introduced by Assembly Member Travis Allen

February 24, 2015


An act to amend Section 104100 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to cardiovascular disease.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 570, as introduced, Travis Allen. Cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure.
Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health to conduct a program for the control of high blood pressure. Existing law makes findings and declarations regarding the necessity of establishing that program.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those findings and declarations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 104100 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

104100.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares that high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a widespread and serious public health problem in California. This condition, when untreated, is a major contributor to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and related cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Although high blood pressure can be effectively controlled through the use of now well established antihypertensive drugs, treatment is not always adequately utilized.

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(b) It is estimated that there are two million 2,000,000 adults in California who have high blood pressure. It is further estimated, based on national data, that no more than 71 percent or less of all adult Californians with high blood pressure are aware of their condition, and that and, of those who are aware, only 40 percent are being effectively treated. Thus, of some two million the approximately 2,000,000 adults in California adults with high blood pressure, only about 568,000 have their condition adequately controlled. Unless the problem of uncontrolled high blood pressure among some the approximately 1,432,000 adults is promptly addressed, many of these individuals will experience preventable serious illness, disability disability, and death. In addition, the state will continue to face unnecessary medical and welfare costs resulting from high blood pressure and its resulting effects. Consequently, it is necessary to provide for expanded statewide efforts, interface with relevant federal legislation, establish and maintain appropriate guidelines, and enhance high blood pressure control activities at the community level. Coordination of local and state efforts in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of high blood pressure control activities is required, required in order to improve allocations and utilization of resources to control high blood pressure in the states state’s population.