Did you know there are approximately 76 million Americans with high blood pressure and a large effected are African Americans? That’s why the American Heart Association has launched a new, community-based initiative called Check. Change. Control.
The purpose of this program is to close the gap in the treatment of high blood pressure, with the goal of enrolling 30,000 African Americans into an evidence-based hypertension management program and providing information and awareness about this medical condition. More than 40 percent of non-Hispanic blacks have high blood pressure. If you're African American, there's a good chance that you, a relative or an African American friend has the disease, which is also known as HBP or hypertension. Not only is HBP more severe in blacks than whites, but it also develops earlier in life. Also, high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke among African Americans.
The launch of the Check. Change. Control. program includes 18 markets across the U.S. which were selected based on hypertension prevalence and population size of African-Americans. Cleveland was chosen as one of those markets and will enroll 350 African Americans in the program - whereby saving lives in our community.
HELP US achieve our goal! Sign up for the Check. Change. Control. program by registering here. An American Heart Association staff member or program representative will then contact you regarding next steps.
For more information, contact:
American Heart Association
Multicultural Initiatives Director