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In the spotlight 2018 

World Stroke Day

October 29, 2017 

World Stroke Day is a yearly event designed to raise awareness of approaches to preventing stroke and improving quality of life. A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked, or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, causing brain tissue to die. One in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime and every six seconds, someone will die from a stroke.  Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability, ranging from loss of speech to paralysis of limbs. Seek immediate medical treatment when experiencing signs and symptoms.

• Learn the signs and symptoms of a stroke F.A.S.T. (Face, Arm, Speech, Time)
• Adopt a healthy lifestyle by increasing physical activity and exercise and eating healthy 

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

The TMF QIN-QIO, Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and North East Texas Public Health District (NET Health) have partnered to increase blood pressure control in North East Texas through a joint project focused on home blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring is a best practice for improving blood pressure (BP) control among patients and is a priority of the TMF QIN-QIO, DSHS, NET Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. The TMF QIN-QIO, DSHS, and NET Health has identified primary care practice groups to participate in the project. Participating practice groups will be asked to identify patients with uncontrolled blood pressure. Selected patients will receive home blood pressure monitors and education on their use. Education will be provided by certified Community Health Workers (CHW) and/or staff at the primary care practice. The project will assist with efforts to increase blood pressure control rates in a highly prevalent hypertension region in Texas. Follow the links below to download a PDF version of the Understanding Blood Pressure guide or the My Blood Pressure Passport, in either English or Spanish.

Understanding Blood Pressure guide and My Blood Pressure Passport, in English and Spanish


Understanding Blood Pressure guide, PDF


Comprender la Presion Arterial, en Espanol, PDF


My Blood Pressure Passport, PDF


Mi Pasaporte de la Presion Arterial, en Espanol, PDF

For more information about high blood pressure and how to measure, control and prevent it, visit http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm.

June is Men’s Health Month.

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men?

  • Each year, more than 1 in 4 men in the United States die from heart disease.
  • Heart disease affects men of all ages and all race and ethnic groups.
  • Between 70 and 80 percent of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
  • Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
  • High blood pressure along with high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. 
  • Engaging in heart healthy behaviors can help prevent heart disease:
    • Choose healthy meals and snacks. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Limit salt or sodium in your diet.
    • Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly.
    • Don't smoke. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
    • Avoid drinking too much alcohol.

For more information, visit the following resources:
Million Hearts
Top 10 Reasons Men Put Off Doctors’ Visits
Cardiovascular Disease: What you can do to improve your heart health
What is High Blood Pressure?
Heart Disease Facts in Men
Know the Facts about Heart Disease

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_men_heart.htm


    2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions

    We are pleased to announce that the Kelsey-Seybold Clinics in Houston and Pasadena, Texas have been recognized as the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions.

    A total of 30 public and private health care practices and systems across the country have received this recognition by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative for their success in helping patients control blood pressure. These health care providers, practices, and systems achieved blood pressure control for at least 70% of their patients through innovations in health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication, and health care team approaches.

    For more information, please visit http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/aboutmh/htn_champions.html.


    Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring

    High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attacks and stroke. Many people have high blood pressure, also called HBP or hypertension, for years without knowing it. This is because, most of the time, there are no symptoms. This is a big problem because when high blood pressure goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout the body. That's why high blood pressure is often called the "silent killer." Did you know that:

    • Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States.
    67 million American adults (31%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 adults.
    • About 1 in 3 American adults has prehypertension—blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal—but not yet in the high blood pressure range.
    • Only about half (47%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
    • High blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 348,000 Americans in 2009—that's nearly 1,000 deaths each day.
    • High blood pressure costs the nation $47.5 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications to treat high blood pressure, and missed days of work.

    Keeping blood pressure levels in a healthy range usually involves taking medications, reducing sodium in the diet, getting daily physical activity, and quitting smoking.

    Million Hearts® released a Million Hearts® Action guide entitled Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Action Steps for Public Health Practitioners. This document provides action steps for public health practitioners to facilitate the implementation of SMBP plus additional support in five key areas: understanding the environment, working with payers and purchasers, working with health care providers, spreading the word to the public, and monitoring/assessment of SMBP plus additional support implementation.

    The American Heart Association provides the following information on self-monitoring of blood pressure:

    Home Monitoring & Recording- Because blood pressure can fluctuate, home monitoring and recording of blood pressure readings can provide a healthcare provider with valuable information to determine whether a person really has high blood pressure and, if so, whether the treatment plan is working.

    Choosing a Monitor- The American Heart Association recommends an automatic, cuff-style, bicep (upper-arm) monitor. Discover our recommendations for selecting an accurate blood pressure monitor to suit a person’s needs.

    How to Measure- Accurate home recording can help persons in their partnership with their healthcare providers. Learn and follow these simple steps for taking accurate home measurements.

    Instructional Video- Watch this video demonstrating accurate home monitoring to help persons get started tracking their numbers correctly.

    Content provided by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention


    Last updated January 17, 2018