One in three American adults has high blood pressure which puts them at risk for stroke and heart disease, two of the leading causes of death in the US. The American Health Association recommends self-monitoring for all people with high blood pressure. Self-monitoring assists healthcare providers in determining whether treatments are working.
LRMC’s self-monitoring hypertension program helps patients with lowering and managing their blood pressure.The three-month program focuses on practicing home self-monitoring of BP readings and recommended lifestyle changes for better BP management. Research shows that the process of recording blood pressure at least twice a month can help lower blood pressure in many people with hypertension.
Patients participating in the program are provided with a BP monitor for the duration of the three-month program. Participants receive education and instruction on accurately taking their blood pressure and report the results via the LRMC patient portal, in-person, or a personal smart device. Based on the BP readings, healthcare providers are then able to adjust medications or recommend additional lifestyle changes.