Blood Pressure

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Blood Pressure Programs and Screenings


Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Unless otherwise noted, to register for any of these programs call 1-800-247-9580 Monday through Thursday between 8:30am to 8:00pm and Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm, or sign-up online at Atlantic Health System’s classes and events registration; all programs are free unless a fee is indicated.

Know Your Numbers
Have your blood pressure measured and learn your risk for Type 2 diabetes with a non-fasting finger stick that gives immediate results. Counseling and educational materials will be provided; registration is required.
Tuesday, November 27; 1:00pm to 3:00pm
North Plainfield Library, 6 Rockview Ave, North Plainfield, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.

Chambers Center for Well Being
The Chambers Center for Well Being can help you develop a personal plan for a healthier lifestyle. Through lectures, classes and therapeutic services, we’ll show you how stress management, proper dietary balance and increased exercise can improve your overall well-being – mind, body and spirit. View a full list of classes, services and related fees > or call 908-598-7997.


Blood Pressure Articles

'Southern' Diet Blamed for Black Americans' Health Woes

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 -- Black Americans are at greater risk of high blood pressure than whites, and a new study suggests the "Southern" diet bears much of the blame.

Experts have long known that blacks are more likely to die of heart disease and stroke than whites -- and that rates of high blood pressure explain a lot of that disparity. But why are blacks more likely to develop high blood pressure?

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Hospitals May Overprescribe Blood Pressure Meds, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 -- One in seven older veterans are sent home from the hospital with doses of blood pressure medications so high they can leave them feeling dizzy and at risk for falls, a new study finds.

Prescribing higher doses of these drugs occurs even though half of the patients had their blood pressure controlled with lower doses before they went to the hospital, the researchers said.

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Scientists Find 500 More Genes That Influence Blood Pressure

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- In what is being billed as the largest genetic study ever conducted, British scientists report they have spotted more than 500 genes that play a role in blood pressure.

The research, which involved more than 1 million people, expands the understanding of the genetic factors that determine blood pressure and could lead to new treatments for the condition, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.

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Black Patients Have 5 Times the Rate of Blood Pressure Crises

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 -- A sudden, severe surge in blood pressure is known as a hypertensive crisis, and new research suggests that black people are far more likely to experience this potentially deadly condition.

High blood pressure "is an unnecessary scourge on African Americans. The prevalence of hypertensive crisis is five times higher in African Americans than in the general population," said study author Dr. Frederick Waldron. He is an emergency medicine physician from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey.

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Home Monitoring Works for Blood Pressure Patients

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 -- Home blood pressure monitoring can improve control of high blood pressure and reduce health care costs.

That's the conclusion of a preliminary study that included 2,550 adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure. They each received free home blood pressure monitors, online and print resources for tracking their blood pressure readings, and reminders to check their blood pressure.

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