Blood Pressure Awareness: National Day of Action

Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves

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Medical groups, health systems, sponsors, and partners across the nation will take at least one “action” in their local community today to raise awareness of high blood pressure to patients, providers, employees, or the general public. The Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves! event is held in conjunction with National High Blood Pressure Education Month, recognized annually in May.

Today, May 5, The Austin Diagnostic Clinic will offer free blood pressure checks at ADC North (12221 N. MoPac Expressway, 1st floor, south entrance) across from the ADC Pharmacy from 11 am to 1 pm.   Additionally, we will make wallet cards available for patients to track their blood pressure at all locations beginning Monday, May 9 through the end of May.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of our nation’s most significant health issues. An estimated one in three (68 million) Americans have the disease, often referred to as the silent killer. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, and other serious health problems.

Led by the AMGA Foundation, Measure Up/Pressure Down® is a three-year campaign to improve high blood pressure prevention, detection, and control. The campaign mobilizes nearly 150 medical groups and health systems to achieve the goal of having 80 percent of their patients with high blood pressure under control by 2016. To achieve this goal, health systems adopt one or more evidence-based care processes that lead to measureable improvements in outcomes. Collectively, participating groups and systems deliver care to more than 42 million patients. To date, the campaign has improved hypertension detection and control for over half a million patients. For more information about the campaign and Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves!, visit www.MeasureUpPressureDown.com

Helpful tips for Blood Pressure Control

Blood pressure is more than a number – it’s an important indicator of your health and well-being. Your blood pressure measures the force of blood pushing through your body. If that force is too high, it puts a strain on your arteries and causes damage to your body. If it stays high over time, it can lead to heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and other serious conditions.

Knowing and controlling your blood pressure doesn’t have to be complicated! Whether or not you have high blood pressure, you can measure your blood pressure, monitor for changes, and maintain control. In honor of National High Blood Pressure Education Month (recognized every May in the United States), we encourage you to measure, monitor,
and maintain your blood pressure:

Measure: Knowing your numbers is an important first step. At your next doctor’s appointment, ask what your blood pressure is and write it down. Generally, “high” blood pressure is defined as a systolic (top number) reading of 140 or above and a diastolic (bottom number) reading of 90 or above. Remember to talk with your healthcare provider to determine a blood pressure goal that’s specific to your health.

Monitor: To better manage the disease, you may want to check your blood pressure on a regular basis. Ask your care team about how often you should measure your blood pressure and where to do so – at the doctor’s office, in the pharmacy, or at home using a home blood pressure monitor.

Maintain: If you have high blood pressure, your healthcare provider may recommend lifestyle changes and prescribe a blood pressure medication. Often, blood pressure can be managed through eating right, being active, reducing stress, setting alcohol limits, stopping tobacco use, and managing other health issues.

To measure, monitor, and maintain your blood pressure all year round and learn more about this disease, please visit www.MeasureUpPressureDown.com.