BLOOD PRESSURE SELF-MONITORING PROGRAM
High blood pressure, which makes the heart work harder than it should with each beat, is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs and usually lasts a lifetime once it develops.
1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure.
Only about 1/2 of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
The simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a period of four months has been shown to lower blood pressure in many people with high blood pressure.
This forms the basis for the YMCA's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, an 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 nutrition education.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
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
Participants will work with trained YMCA Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. Just a few check-ins per month can yield big results. You will:
- Take your own blood pressure at least two times per month
- Attend two consultations with an Ambassador per month
- Attend monthly nutrition education
You will record your blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use tracking tool of your own choosing. The Y can provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.
CAN I PARTICIPATE?
To qualify for the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, 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