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RICHMOND, VA—Ahead of American Heart Month in February, a free blood pressure management program kicked off in Richmond, aimed at teaching Richmonders how to lower and maintain a healthy blood pressure level.
The American Heart Association kicked off Get to Goal—Richmond, a program aimed at helping African American in Richmond's lowest-income communities lower their blood pressure.
African-Americans have the highest rates of hypertension in the world, and millions are unaware of the problem, the American Heart Association says.
Get To Goal Richmond, a free blood pressure management program, will enroll at least 350 people for a free four-month pilot blood pressure program.
Through the program, participants will learn how to lower and maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
According to the American Heart Association, there are approximately 76 million, or one in three, Americans with high blood pressure, or hypertension.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, 25.7 percent of adults in Virginia reported having high blood pressure in 2009, and that rate has been steadily increasing.
The American Heart Association in partnership with Bon Secours Virginia, the Center for High Blood Pressure, the 7th District Health and Wellness Initiative, the Virginia Department of Health and the Central Virginia Black Nurses Association launched Get to Goal Richmond in an effort to eliminate high blood pressure as a health disparity among African-Americans.
"High blood pressure is killing our communities, and we have the power to get it under control," Patricia Lane, Get to Goal Richmond Project Lead and Neuroscience Coordinator at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital said in a press release.
"High blood pressure, like obesity, is a risk factor that can be prevented or controlled; that's why, through Get to Goal Richmond, we are empowering people with knowledge to be able to do something about it," Lane said in a press release.
For more information about the Get to Goal Richmond program, visit www.heart360.org/GetToGoalRichmondCentralVirginia
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