DID YOU KNOW?
- One out of every three adults has high blood pressure—more than
68 million people?
- Only about half of people with high blood pressure know they have it?
- High blood pressure contributes to or causes more than 1,000 deaths each day in the U.S.?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pumping against your arteries. High blood pressure, often called hypertension, occurs when the force of this pressure is damaging to the arteries. You could say the damage is done quietly, as most of the time high blood pressure has no obvious symptoms.
Managing Your High Blood Pressure
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are things you can do to manage it, even without medication. Lifestyle changes—including the simple act of monitoring your own blood pressure on a regular basis—can play an important role in managing your high blood pressure.
The Y can help.
The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program is an evidence-based program that features personalized support as you develop the habit of monitoring your blood pressure. Research shows that checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a period of four months may lower blood pressure in many people with high blood pressure.
Join Blood Pressure Self Monitoring
The Cortland YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self Monitoring program is officially up and running! For more information, contact Jamie at Jamie@cortlandymca.org or call (607) 756-2893.