LAS VEGAS, September 19, 2023 – More than a dozen local veterans are better able to combat high blood pressure following a free event last week put on by the Salvation Army and American Heart Association. Blood pressure cuffs for veterans to self-monitor blood pressure were provided by Sunrise Health System Supported by the HCA Healthcare Foundation, proud local sponsor of Getting to the Heart of Stroke TM.
Self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring is the regular measurement of blood pressure by the patient outside of a clinical setting. Out-of-office measurements provided through SMBP monitoring help ensure patients are diagnosed more accurately. Self-monitoring is also associated with a reduction in blood pressure and improved blood pressure control.
High blood pressure or hypertension, often called “the silent killer,” is one of the most common health conditions and a key risk factor for heart attacks and stroke if left untreated. High blood pressure affects 37% of the U.S. veteran population. In Nevada, 27.5% of adults have high blood pressure.
“The Heart Association is working to create equitable health for all and address high blood pressure by connecting with community organizations like The Salvation Army,” said Nicole Monzon, American Heart Association community impact director. “We are offering veterans free blood pressure cuffs to self-monitor blood pressure as well as provide education and tips on how to stay healthy.”
“We are honored to join the American Heart Association to have our first health fair focused on veterans, “said Nicole Wessendorf, public relations and community engagement director for The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada. “Our veteran’s program is one of the largest we offer. This year we have served over 400 families to date.”
For more information on blood pressure and how to live healthier for better heart health, visit www.heart.org.
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, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.