Healthbeat 4: Free Siouxland program to track blood pressure

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. () – According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure but many are unaware of it.

Norm Waitt Sr. in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The YMCA has a free program for Siouxlanders to learn how to monitor their blood pressure at home.

“They come in, they see one of us. We teach them how to take their blood pressure, we ask them to keep a log of their home blood pressure monitoring because the evidence shows “Monitoring your blood pressure twice a month can help keep blood pressure low,” said Don Welch, YMCA program coordinator. . “We also have an educational component where we do a one-hour seminar once a month. So we monitor what you’re eating as a component of the DASH diet, stress management, and blood pressure management. Let’s talk about.

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it has no obvious symptoms.

People with a family history, older Americans, African Americans, men younger than 65, and women older than 65 are all at risk for high blood pressure. There are ways to prevent and modify your lifestyle to prevent stroke, heart attack, heart failure, vision loss, or kidney disease.

“They can be more active. The number one thing we do is get them to be more active. It’s really important to watch the amount of salt in their diet and make strict healthy food choices. We go through that in the program and just “Go to their doctor, take their prescribed medication and monitor their blood pressure,” Welch said.

The YMCA program is offered through both Siouxland Community Health Center and Dakota County District Health. Both locations have a Spanish-speaking program.

Here are the requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You do not have to be a member of the YMCA.
  • You must not have had a heart attack within the last year
  • You may not have A-FIB or other arrhythmias
  • Be at risk for lymphedema.

To register, click here for more information or call Don Welch at 402-404-8439.

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