TAKE ACTION TO IMPROVE HEART HEALTH
Our Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program helps adults with hypertension lower and better manage their blood pressure. The simple process of checking and recording one’s blood pressure at least twice a month has been shown to lower blood pressure in some people with hypertension. This program focuses on regular monitoring of one’s blood pressure at home using proper measuring techniques, individualized support and nutrition education in an effort to reduce blood pressure and improve their quality of life. Reducing your sodium intake is an effective tool in preventing heart disease, whether you have high blood pressure, are at risk for heart disease or just want to keep your heart healthy.
Classes are FREE and meet on meet on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm –1:00 pm. Contact Dawn Ernstes to enroll or for more details. These classes can be done virtually.
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How the Program Works:
A Small Investment Produces Big Results:
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 (within the last year)
- Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
- Not be at risk for lymphedema
YMCA membership is not required to participate in the program.
To date, the Decatur County Family YMCA has serviced over 70 participants with our 16-week, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program.
- 85% of our participants saw changes in their Blood Pressure during those 2 months
- 49% of our participants saw both a 6 point change in their systolic pressure and a 3 point change in their diastolic pressure
- At least 10% of our participants made changes to their blood pressure medication regime by knowing what triggers affected their blood pressure and by following up with their primary care physician. Most of those participants actually had a decrease made to their blood pressure medication!
One in three American adults have high blood pressure, which puts them at risk for stroke and heart disease, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
But only 1/2 of those people with high blood pressure have their condition under control! In response to this critical health issue, YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program offers personalized support as participants develop the habit of monitoring their blood pressure. Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording one's blood pressure at least twice a month over a period of four months can lower blood pressure in many people with high blood pressure. This forms the basis for the YMCA's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, and evidence-based program that features personalized support as you develop the habit of routinely self-monitoring your blood pressure, tips for maintaining your cardiovascular health, and nutritional education.
In 2017, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE REDEFINED FIRST TIME IN 14 YEARS, 130 IS NEW HIGH!!
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