Hypertension Management Programs Save Lives

 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year, over 735,000 Americans suffer heart attacks. And more than 795,000 suffer strokes. 

As a preventative measure, communities are implementing programs that teach residents to adopt healthy behaviors and habits. These programs center on education and disease awareness. They offer specific guidance on how to measure and control blood pressure over time. 

Programs like Strive hypertension management saves lives.

Are you looking to help your community adopt behaviors that reduce risk factors?

Programs that focus on managing disease – like Strive hypertension management saves lives. 

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which your blood places too much pressure on your arteries for a sustained period of time. The heart pumps blood through your body, and blood exerts pressure on your artery walls. That measurement of force is known as blood pressure. Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day. It increases when you rush into a meeting, and returns to normal as you relax. It can cause a myriad of health problems – including damage to the heart, if it stays elevated.

This video from the CDC presents an inside look at hypertension.

How many people have hypertension?

About one in three Americans has high blood pressure. This is roughly 75 million people. Another third of Americans have prehypertension. Prehypertension is blood pressure that’s higher than average, but hasn’t yet reached hypertension levels. Each year, 410,000 deaths are related to hypertension. This costs the country nearly $47 billion in health care, medication, and missed work.

What are risk factors for hypertension?

Many risk factors for high blood pressure are related to unhealthy behaviors. These include:

Smoking
Lack of physical activity
Unhealthy body weight or obesity
Excessive drinking
Eating a diet high in salt and low in potassium

Changing these behaviors can reduce the risk of hypertension. However, only half of Americans diagnosed with high blood pressure, successfully manage their condition.

What are hypertension management programs?

Communities are implementing hypertension management programs. Hypertension can be prevented and reversed. These hypertension management programs save lives.

Are hypertension management programs effective?

Yes. Research shows hypertension management programs effectively help manage high blood pressure. The result is fewer deaths. And lower associated healthcare costs. One study looked at a large-scale hypertension program over 12 years. It found the ability of patients to control high blood pressure increased from 44% to 90%. Participants in the multifaceted approach to blood pressure control, experienced:

24% fewer heart attacks

42% fewer deaths from stroke 

Can kids have hypertension?

Yes. Hypertension even affects kids. According to the CDC high blood pressure in adolescents is linked to health problems later in life. Parents and community programs can help prevent kids hypertension.
High blood pressure in adolescents is linked to health problems later in life.

How can high blood pressure be controlled?

The CDC offers guidelines on controlling blood pressure. Creating a healthier lifestyle helps control hypertension. Things like eating a low salt diet, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables help. Getting enough exercise is important too. And not smoking.

How does Strive hypertension management program save lives?

Strive hypertension management takes an innovative approach. We educate participants to become aware of their blood pressure. Then we educate them about how to control it. Strive Well-Being combines:

  • health information technology
  • peer support
  • feedback
  • incentive programs

Our hypertension management program:

Improves knowledge of cardiovascular health.

Encourages group members to adopt healthier habits and behaviors.

Who are Strive hypertension management facilitators?

Instructors who lead these programs for Strive are certified health and fitness professionals. They have at least five years’ experience working in a community-facing health and wellness field. Strive hypertension management program instructors have BS degrees or Masters Degrees in health-related fields. Be assured, Strive conducts extensive background, reference, and credential checks. Every instructor meets our strict standards of knowledge and professionalism.

What about liability?

Risks to offering a Community Wellness Program are many. We minimize those risks by providing comprehensive liability coverage. Coverage includes workers compensation and a provision of services. Thereby, your organization is indemnified of risk. If you’ve been considering a hypertension management program for your community members, we can design and implement it. We’ll initiate a program scaled to your needs and budget. With operations nationwide, your program can be implemented in a single location or many.

What can I expect working with Strive?

No matter how extensive your program, it will be managed by a designated Strive project coordinator. This liaison will be your single point of contact. Meaning you’ll never have to worry about keeping track of all the moving parts. Your Strive project manager will work with you, implementing a hypertension management program fit to your needs. They’ll do everything to get it running. This includes:

Hiring credentialed and knowledgeable instructors.

Providing flyers and posters, announcing your program to the community.

Enrolling participants electronically or using sign-up sheets.

Scheduling your program and coordinating the space where it will be held.

Sending and collecting electronic liability waivers.

Minimizing administration and billing by sending invoices from one source.

What other programs does Strive offer?

To complement your hypertension management program, Strive recommends adding:

Group Fitness Classes
Onsite Nutrition and Health Coaching
Diabetes Prevention Programs

Congruent programs support your community members in their efforts to:

  • improve their health
  • get more active
  • eat nutritionally

Strive Art Therapy and Dance Therapy classes are great add-on programs to keep your audience engaged and active. Mindfulness Meditation and Tai Chi for Balance help older adults live a better quality of life. Programs you implement, will be integrated by your Strive project manager.

We make it easy to grow your wellness program over time.

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