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Clinton Rose Senior Center has a new blood pressure program to help older adults regain control of their heart health

Clinton Rose Senior Center has a new blood pressure program to help older adults regain control of their heart health

AHA Community Impact Director Zach Wilks-Metrou
(Photo/American Heart Association)

By Karen Stokes

Participants at the Clinton Rose Senior Center now have access to a blood pressure monitor and referral hub, thanks to a partnership between the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Area Agency on Aging, Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc., and the American Heart Association.

The new program was officially launched Tuesday morning at Clinton Rose, 3045 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley was one of the event’s keynote speakers.

“I applaud the innovative partnership between our Senior Centers and the American Heart Association to give our older adults the tools they need to manage their blood pressure. This is another example of our upstream investments in prevention resources,” said Crowley. “It is collaborations like these that will help us move forward to become the healthiest county in the state.”

The new hub allows participants to check their blood pressure values ​​on the spot and also borrow a blood pressure monitor for home use.

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley was one of the keynote speakers at the event
(Photo/American Heart Association)

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults (about 120 million people) have high blood pressure, or hypertension, which can lead to deadly health consequences such as stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss and sexual dysfunction if left untreated. The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked and discuss it with your health care provider.

High blood pressure is commonly known as the “silent killer” because as many as 36% of patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure are unaware of their condition. Blood pressure readings of less than 120/80 mm Hg are considered within the normal range. If your results fall into this category, maintain heart-healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. People with high blood pressure are at risk of developing high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control the condition.

As part of the program, the American Heart Association will provide several educational materials with instructions on how to measure your own blood pressure, what those readings mean, a logbook for recording readings, and a list of local health care providers who are ready to answer your questions.

Clinton Rose Senior Center launches new screen and blood pressure hub
(Photo/American Heart Association)

We are so excited to see this program launch at Clinton Rose,” said Zach Wilks-Metrou, Director of Community Impact for the American Heart Association. “And we are very grateful to the Milwaukee County Area Agency on Aging and Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin for their passion to address heart health in Milwaukee County.”

“Providing Clinton Rose participants with tools to better understand their blood pressure numbers and what they mean will go a long way toward their overall heart health. We are happy to see this program starting.”

For more information about monitoring your blood pressure, visit www.heart.org.