New Website Launched to Combat Hypertension, First Initiative Announced as Part of High Blood Pressure Education Month

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FightHighBloodPressure.com will organize a free blood pressure screening on May 17th in Chicago, as a part of High Blood Pressure Education Month

May 17th #checkyourbpday encourages Medical Groups & Health Systems to help spread awareness of Hypertension Day by organizing free Blood Pressure screenings worldwide.

“Conventional wisdom has told us to check our blood pressure once a year. We are not living in a conventional world. As adults we should commit to daily blood pressure monitoring,” FightHighBloodPressure.com owner Candi Green said.

A small team of healthcare professionals launched FightHighBloodPressure.com in April, a new website aiming to increase awareness about hypertension symptoms and suggest lifestyle changes aimed at managing high blood pressure.

As a part of its launch, FightHighBloodPressure.com will also be participating actively in High Blood Pressure Education Month in May 2018.

Hypertension is a growing problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 75 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure. This represents 32 percent of the US population. High blood pressure is a primary risk factor for heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the US. The most troubling fact about hypertension in the US is that only 54 percent of the people who have high blood pressure keep the condition under control via monitoring and medications.

“Conventional wisdom has told us to check our blood pressure once a year. We are not living in a conventional world. As adults, we should commit to daily blood pressure monitoring,” FightHighBloodPressure.com owner Candi Green said.

To popularize the project and raise awareness about hypertension, FightHighBloodPressure.com’s team will be an active participant in High Blood Pressure Education Month. On May 17, World Hypertension Day, the team will be hosting a free blood pressure screening.

The screening will take place from 8am to 4pm at 8611 S. Stony Island Avenue in Chicago. A global Twitter chat will also take place at (1:00pm CST) as a part of the initiative. To join the conversation, follow the hashtag #hbpchat.

As of 2017, Illinois ranks among the states that feature relatively high blood pressure levels among adults. The percentage of adults who reported being told by their doctor that they have hypertension is 30.8 percent. The condition is most common among those aged 65 and older (63 percent of the individuals in that age group) but the prominence is also increasing in the 45 to 64 age group – 37.4 percent of all individuals. "The Hypertension Guidelines were recently changed for the first time in many years. Under the new guidelines, we all are candidates for Hypertension, yet none of us are aware. Our mission is to introduce lifestyle changes that help to detect and manage high blood pressure, reduce risk and promote an overall healthy heart" said Candi Green.

Lifestyle changes are the best approach for the management of hypertension. Through its blog and initiatives FightHighBloodPressure.com will work towards promoting better lifestyle choices. For more information, please visit https://www.fighthighbloodpressure.com.

About FightHighBloodPressure.com
Based in Chicago, FightHighBloodPressure.com is leading a global partnership with medical groups to work on improving hypertension control through the use of home blood pressure monitoring devices. The website features an array of useful information, including the raw facts about high blood pressure and its consequences. In addition, the platform offers visitors a forum where they can ask pressing questions. They also can learn about home blood pressure monitors, view videos and even produce relevant user-generated content.

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