AHA Central Texas and Black Men’s Health Clinic partner to combat hypertension

AUSTIN, July 11, 2022 – Hypertension is one of the most common health conditions and a key risk factor for heart attacks and stroke if left untreated. Monitoring blood pressure is one of the best ways to combat hypertension, however, many readings are inaccurate due to poor measurement techniques.

The American Heart Association in Central Texas is ensuring accurate blood pressure readings by helping the Black Men’s Health Clinic (BMHC) implement an annual skill assessment utilizing the Association’s Technique Quick Check Tool. By using this resource, BMHC can confirm that blood pressure measurements are being taken the right way and the same way every time.

Additionally, the BMHC has implemented a policy requiring the use of validated blood pressure devices for their clinic.

By instituting these changes, the BMHC is ramping up their commitment to addressing uncontrolled high blood pressure to support longer, healthier lives for all the patients they serve, including ensuring equitable access to a best-practice standard of care.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public's health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About the Black Men’s Health Clinic

The Black Men’s Health Clinic promotes improved health and wellness for everyone and serves as an advocate for impactful change within the Austin-Travis County area and welcome collaborators focused on removing long standing barriers to health care for men of color.

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