The Red Cross values the health and well-being of its blood donors across the country and desires to play an active role in the broader care of our communities. We applaud the generosity of thousands of individuals who donate blood and believe the Red Cross has a responsibility to give back to those who so selflessly roll up a sleeve. The Red Cross can help donors to better understand their own health and wellness and be alerted to potential health issues they were not aware of, thereby helping individuals make informed choices about their health. Sharing health data also helps the Red Cross gain awareness of specific health needs of communities and may help us understand which communities may need additional resources.
While high blood pressure is easy to detect, unfortunately, physicians believe high blood pressure is significantly both underdiagnosed and undertreated in the U.S. It is our hope that by providing potentially lifesaving health information to our blood donors, we can help bridge existing gaps in care. Many treatments for hypertension are safe, well-tolerated, relatively inexpensive and widely available. Fortunately, when high blood pressure is adequately treated, the serious health risks, such as kidney and heart diseases, are greatly reduced and may be avoided.