Blood Pressure 101 for CHWs

The goal of this 3-hour training is to strengthen CHWs’ understanding of blood pressure and high blood pressure (hypertension) management. This session will provide community health workers with the knowledge to help their communities recognize the importance of understanding and knowing about hypertension and how lifestyle and self-management can help to keep it under control.

Course is three hours and can be offered via ZOOM or in-person

Fast Facts on Hypertension

  • Having hypertension puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States.2
  • In 2020, more than 670,000 deaths in the United States had hypertension as a primary or contributing cause.2
  • Nearly half of adults in the United States (47%, or 116 million) have hypertension, defined as a systolic blood pressure greater than 130 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure greater than 80 mmHg or are taking medication for hypertension.3
  • Only about 1 in 4 adults (24%) with hypertension have their condition under control.3
  • About half of adults (45%) with uncontrolled hypertension have a blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher. This includes 37 million U.S. adults. 3
  • About 34 million adults who are recommended to take medication may need it to be prescribed and to start taking it. Almost two out of three of this group (19 million) have a blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher.3
  • High blood pressure costs the United States about $131 billion each year, averaged over 12 years from 2003 to 2014.4 [Source: CDC]

What You’ll Learn:

After attending this course, paticipants will be able to:

  • Understand basic anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • Define hypertension
  • Identify risk factors and possible symptoms of hypertension
  • Know the basics of how to take a blood pressure
  • Understand the role of lifestyle in managing hypertension
  • Understand the role of CHWs in hypertension management
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