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Take Action Now to Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure

July 25, 2013

When you have high blood pressure (HBP), you increase your risk for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. HBP is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure. Once it develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. Take action now to prevent and control high blood pressure.

Is Your Blood Pressure Too High?

All blood pressure levels above 120/80 increase your risk for the health problems related to HBP. A level of 140/90 is considered HBP for most adults. If you have diabetes or chronic kidney disease, HBP is defined as 130/80 or higher.


High Blood Pressure Risk Factors

  • Age – over half of all Americans aged 60 and older have high blood pressure
  • Race – HBP occurs more often in African American adults and adults of Hispanic ethnicity
  • Gender – HBP is more prevalent in men than in women
  • Being overweight
  • Family history
  • Long-lasting stress
  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits:
    • Eating too much salt
    • Drinking too much alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Not enough potassium in diet
    • Not enough exercise


Living Better with High Blood Pressure

If you have HBP, you will need to treat and control it for life. This means making lifestyle changes, taking prescribed medicines and getting ongoing medical care.

  • Follow a healthy eating plan.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Take all medications your doctor prescribes. Be sure you know the names and doses of your medicines and how to take them. If you have any questions about your medicines, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.


How THA Group Can Help

If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your health care team to keep it that way. If you have HBP, you can still take steps to prevent the long-term problems it can cause. Lifestyle measures and medicines can help you live a longer, more active life. Follow the treatment plan your doctor prescribes to control your blood pressure. It can help you prevent or delay coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems.

Benefits we deliver to hospitals:

  • Reduction of “revolving door” admissions
  • Reduction of length of stay
  • Reduction of urgent/emergent care
  • Utilization of outside resources to improve outcomes and control cost

Benefits we deliver to physicians:

  • Updated clinical assessment data
  • Better case management to reduce calls
  • Early detection/intervention for better disease management
  • Steamlined plan of care
  • Improved physician follow up
  • Clinical outcomes feedback

Benefits we deliver to patient/family/caregivers:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Maximization of activity tolerance
  • Education on early warning signs/symptoms
  • Reduction of frequent emergency room visits
  • Reduction of repeated hospital admissions

Services we can provide may include but are not limited to:

  • Observation and assessment
  • Patient and family education
  • Nutrition education
  • Medication education and management
  • Supportive care education of disease process
  • Alleviation of stressors and stress reduction factors
  • Assistance with ADLs
  • Management and evaluation of patient care
  • Risk factor education
  • Lab collecting and reporting to physician
  • Ongoing physician communication and coordination of care
  • Goal-oriented processes of care
  • Instructions of daily weights
  • Assessment of further complications or abnormalities
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Home safety and emergency education
  • Restorative therapy (physical, occupational and speech)