1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure.
Only about 1/2 of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
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.
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
Cost: $20 per person (that's only $5 per month!)