What our program offers:

 

  • Blood pressure monitoring for clients that are: newly diagnosed, at risk, needing stabilization and/or assessment

  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

  • Education on proper home blood pressure monitoring

  • Risk factor identification

  • Lifestyle and health behaviour management

  • Review of antihypertensive medication and compliance

 

To participate in the program, clients can be referred by their health care provider or they can self-refer by calling the Kapuskasing and Area Family Health Team at (705) 371-2220.

What is hypertension?

 

Hypertension is the medical term used to describe high blood pressure. Blood pressure if the force of the blood pumped from the heart against the blood vessels. This force makes blood flow possible, delivering nutrients and oxygen to organs and tissues throughout the body.

 

Hypertension occurs when there is too much pressure in your blood vessels. It is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder than it usually does. This can damage you blood vessels and cause health problems like heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Anyone can develop high blood pressure, but it becomes more common as you get older.

Know your number

 

The first step in understanding your blood pressure is learning what your numbers mean. Blood pressure is measured with two numbers:

  • Systolic (top number)

  • Diastolic (bottom number)

 

Example: 120/80 mmHg

 

The HIGHER the pressure and the longer it stays high, the greater the potential damage to you blood vessels.

 

Your blood pressure should be less than 140/90. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to have high blood pressure. It should be less than 130/80.

What can I do?

 

There are several things that you can do to help prevent and/or manage your pressure, which includes:

 

  • Eating a healthy diet

  • Limiting salt intake

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

  • Managing stress levels

  • Limiting alcohol consumption

  • Refraining from smoking

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The Kapuskasing and Area Family Health Team has developed a hypertension program based on the Hypertension Canada guidelines that aims to provide clients with the tools to manage or prevent high blood pressure. By identifying and providing clients with the skills necessary to manage their hypertension, clients will be able to reduce the risk of developing further health problems such as heart disease and stroke.

For more information, please visit the websites below:

https://www.heartandstroke.ca/heart/risk-and-prevention/condition-risk-factors/high-blood-pressure

https://hypertension.ca/hypertension-and-you/

https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/

https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Heart-Health/Hypertension-How-to-Prevent-and-Treat-the-Silent.aspx

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