Know your numbers

heart and blood pressureWorld Hypertension Day is organized by the World Hypertension League (WHL) which is an umbrella organization composed of 85 hypertension societies and leagues from all over the world.

Uncontrolled hypertension causes a range of health problems including:

  • strokes
  • heart attacks
  • and kidney damage.

There are no specific symptoms, so people who have hypertension may not be aware and often find out after suffering a heart attack or stroke.
The theme for this year is “Know Your Numbers” and the WHL invites as many people as possible to get involved in May Measurement Month.

For more information visit:  www.maymeasure.com. At UC Davis Health we have a variety of resources. Please ask your doctor or clinic staff for more information. Please visit Health Management and Education at livinghealthy.ucdavis.edu or call us at 916-734-0718 for more details on classes and programs to support you in managing your high blood pressure.  

Improving high blood pressure with the use of technology

Better Blood Pressue poster presentersPart of the mission of Health Management and Education (HME) is to improve the lives of our patients by giving them access to educatation on ways to better their health and to treat chronic illnesses. The HME staff took the opportunity to raise awareness of the work they do to educate patients on blood pressaure management. The staff were able to present a poster abstract at the UC Davis Health Professional Governance Celebration on November 1st 2017.
 
The poster, titled Better Blood Pressure - Improving Hypertension with the use of Technology and an Enhanced Care Team (pdf)  showcases the results of our Better Blood Pressure Program. The 12 week program is a multidisciplinary team based face to face and webinar group education model with concurrent medication support from the program pharmacist. The education and pharmacist support focuses on healthy lifestyle and medication management to improve health and reduce risks for those with not yet controlled high blood pressure. Participants receive a free wireless blood pressure monitor and are taught to monitor at home. Blood pressure readings become viewable in the electronic medical record in real time to assist with quick interventions and medication recommendations.
 
Education and open communication with your healthcare team are important steps to improve your blood pressure, reduce your risk of complications, and maximize your overall health and wellness.

If you are a UC Davis Health patient and are interested in learning more about the Better Blood Pressure Program, please call 916-734-0718.