BCHN Launches Blood Pressure Program at Bay Eden Senior Center

Hypertension is the most important risk factor and the leading cause of death due to cardiovascular disease. It is directly responsible for half of all deaths due to coronary health disease and two thirds of cerebrovascular accidents (strokes). According to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 34.3% of Bronx residents had high blood pressure compared to 28.8% in New York City. Furthermore, there were 204 per 100,000 heart disease deaths in the Bronx compared to 179 per 100,000 in New York City.

To enhance the quality of care for people with hypertension, Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) is piloting a hypertension management program at community-based organizations (CBO) partner sites. BCHN has developed a standardized blood pressure management protocol with educational materials. The purpose of the project is to improve individual hypertension disease management and increase population blood pressure control.

BCHN will provide free screenings and educational materials needed for blood pressure monitoring and management. Community members will have their blood pressure taken and track their readings, which they can share with their doctors. Additionally, BCHN will motivate people to make healthy choices that will protect them from heart attacks and strokes.

KICK-OFF
Bay Eden Senior Center
1220 E 229th St, Bronx, NY 10466
Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (starting July 11th)