Aureus Medical discusses how high blood pressure stats could reveal challenges for a travel nurse

Omaha, NE (April 23, 2015) - A recent state-by-state analysis conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed significant health disparities related to high blood pressure that every travel nurse should be aware of. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, discusses these health disparities and what travel nurses can do to encourage wellness.

According to a HealthDay News press release, a patient’s blood pressure rate could be influenced by the state that they live in – which is important for traveling medical professionals, as they visit many U.S. states in their line of work.

Less affluent states experience more high blood pressure

Moreover, the study that was led by the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion showed that less affluent states have a greater risk for high blood pressure compared to others. States with an average household income of around $43,000 or less, or where one-fifth of the statewide population lives below the poverty line, experienced higher blood pressure rates when compared to wealthier areas. The study also stated that there are many factors that contribute to this phenomenon, such as policies, local institutions and societal structures, which can vary significantly from state to state.

High blood pressure in the U.S., at a glance

Although the overall percentage of Americans living with blood pressure is around 33 percent, state-by-state levels reveal a far more interesting picture. For instance, 44 percent of Alaska residents have high blood pressure, while only 24 percent of Utah residents suffered from the same condition. Across the U.S., women and adults who were out of work had the greatest risks for developing high blood pressure.

Hypertension is an issue that should not be taken lightly. According to CDC data statistics, nearly one in three Americans has prehypertension. This is characterized with vital signs that are higher than normal, but have not yet reached the high blood pressure phase. Moreover, only 52 percent of Americans who suffer from high blood pressure actually have the condition under control.

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About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.