AUSTIN, Texas, August 2, 2023 – Half of Hispanic adults in the United States have cardiovascular diseases. In a strategic effort to combat this statistic, the American Heart Association in Central Texas established a Screen, Educate & Refer initiative with Sana Yoga, an organization committed to reducing systemic factors that negatively impact health and well-being amongst the Latino community and other marginalized communities.

Prior to each yoga session at various locations, participants will take and track their blood pressure in an effort to ‘know their numbers’. Patrons are provided with tracking logs, educational resources and referral information in both Spanish and English.

Additionally, blood pressure cuffs were provided along with staff training on how to take an accurate blood pressure reading consistently. Those who are out of range are referred to seek follow up care with their current provider or a local clinic.

“High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a significant health concern among Hispanic populations and other marginalized communities,” said Linda Natera, founder and director of Sana Yoga. “Several factors contribute to this issue, including limited access to healthcare, cultural barriers, socioeconomic disparities, and lifestyle factors. Raising awareness, promoting early detection, and implementing targeted interventions are crucial steps in addressing this health disparity and improving the overall well-being of these communities.”

“Hipertensión arterial, también conocida como presión alta, es un problema de salud significativo en la población hispana y otras comunidades marginadas,” dijo Linda Natera, fundadora y directora de Sana Yoga. “Varios factores contribuyen a esta situación, incluyendo acceso limitado a atención médica, barreras culturales, disparidades socioeconómicas y hábitos de vida. Incrementar la concientización, fomentar la detección temprana e implementar intervenciones específicas son pasos cruciales para abordar esta disparidad de salud y mejorar el bienestar general de estas comunidades.”

High blood pressure is a “silent killer”, typically with no obvious symptoms and the COVID-19 pandemic drastically highlighted social inequities in health. In response, the Association is working alongside patients, health care providers and communities to reduce high blood pressure in under-resourced neighborhoods.

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