by Terry Fletcher, CPC CCC CEMC CCS CCS-P CMC CMSCS CMCS ACS-CA SCP-CA QMGC QMCRC
May 10th, 2022
Hypertension among Black Americans is among the highest in the world.
Currently, the American Medical Association (AMA) is working to achieve optimal health for all. To do that, they need to work at the community level to bring health equity to minority communities in the U.S.
A recent article in JAMA (the Journal of the AMA) showed that hypertension is wreaking havoc on the Black population in the U.S. A new study showed that more than half of Black women over the age of 20 have high blood pressure. But within that statistic it was found that Black women often make critical healthcare decisions and dietary choices for their families, so there are things that can be done.
The AMA – in collaboration with the AMA Foundation, Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), American Heart Association, Minority Health Institute, and National Medical Association – launched the “Release the Pressure” (RTP) campaign in 2020 to give Black women the resources they need to measure and track their blood pressure (BP), as well as make healthy lifestyle changes for themselves and their families.
The theme of the event was education, with presenters focusing on these key topics:
Know what high BP looks like. Blood pressure is typically considered elevated when the top number is 120 to 129 and the bottom number is less than 80, but it is high when the systolic (top number) is 130 or higher or the diastolic (bottom number) is 80 or higher. These numbers were recently adjusted.
Learn how to measure your BP at home. One of the best investments that you can make in yourself is to actually invest in a validated home blood pressure device, one official noted, adding that validatebp.org is the recommended source for validated devices in the U.S.
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This article originally published on April 25, 2022 by ICD10monitor.