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The Y & Community Health Center Partner to Lower Blood Pressure

The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA and Siouxland Community Health Center are teaming up to help manage and lower blood pressure for Siouxlanders at risk.

Thanks to a national Clinical Linkages grant, the two organizations are starting the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program. Evidence-based, this Wellness program is designed to assist individuals with high blood pressure better manage it by developing the habit of routine self-monitoring and tracking.

“When individuals start monitoring blood pressure on their own they become more engaged in their health care,” said Dr. Michael Piplani, Siouxland Community Health Center’s Chief Medical Officer. “This puts the patient more in the driver’s seat; they can help guide their own therapy with the help of their provider.”

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure. And only about half of those with high blood pressure have the condition under control.

“Monitoring matters,” said Jacque Perez, Y Wellness Director. “So we want everyone at risk to get their blood pressure under control before potentially experiencing heart disease, a stroke, hypertension or worse.”

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring follows a hands-on approach that includes self-monitoring tools, nutrition and cardio health education and individualized support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador over four months.

Piplani continued, “[High] blood pressure is the silent killer. You don’t feel bad or poorly until it is too late to do much about it. The damage is done on your heart, kidneys, brain and other organs quietly for years – then one day, you feel really bad.”

To be eligible, individuals must be 18 years or older, be at high risk (as told by a health care provider), must not have experienced a recent cardiac event, must not have atrial fibrillation, lymphedema or other arrhythmias.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring launches Monday, June 27 at the Y and Monday, July 11 at Siouxland Community Health Center. Interested parties can contact 402-404-8439 or acaboth@nwsymca.org to learn more or to enroll in the program.