What to know about self-monitoring blood pressure kits

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association, which is a problem that can lead to other health issues down the road.

Knox County has a higher rate of hypertension than the state of Tennessee or the national average at 38% of the residents. The Knoxville American Heart Association learned through research that one of the biggest obstacles these patients face in managing high blood pressure is the ability to regularly check their numbers. Now the AHA is working closely with Cherokee Health Systems to help Knox County residents combat high blood pressure and improve outcomes.

The AHA donated 30 self-monitoring blood pressure kits to Cherokee Health System to enable doctors and patients to quickly tell if interventions and treatments are working to manage a patient’s blood pressure. This also gives doctors the ability to course correct if the desired results are not being achieved.

High blood pressure is a “silent killer” – most of the time there are no obvious symptoms. When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats.

The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is have your blood pressure check regularly. There are steps people can take to reduce the risk and manage blood pressure. To learn more about blood pressure monitoring and other factors, visit www.heart.org.

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