According to the American Heart Association, nearly half (46%) of U.S. adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure, which makes the heart work harder than it should with each beat, is especially dangerous because it often has no symptoms and is a key risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Heart of the Valley YMCA wants to help our community change outcomes of hypertension for the better by offering a free new blood pressure self-monitoring program.
The program is designed to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure by instilling regular home self-monitoring using proper measuring techniques, one-on-one consultations with a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador, individualized support and group-based nutrition education for better blood pressure management. Y membership is not required, and the program is free.
The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program helps participants:
- Reduce their blood pressure by identifying patterns and trends on which to take action
- Better manage their blood pressure over time
- Increase their awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
- Improve their knowledge of heart-healthy eating habits
- Enrich communication with their health care provider by sharing self-monitoring results.
TO QUALIFY, YOU MUST:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
- Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
- Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
- Not be at risk for lymphedema
To sign up, contact Terri Keller, Health Initiatives Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.428.9622 ext. 3011.