High blood pressure is epidemic in America. Nearly one in three people in this country has high blood pressure (hypertension), which is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. This course instructs your team how to improve health outcomes by helping individuals find care and supporting self-management plans. By learning these essential strategies, your team can change life for the individuals in your community.

Target Audience
Non-clinical employees with basic computer literacy.

Expected Duration
3 hours

Lesson Objectives

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

  • Define hypertension and prehypertension.
  • Recognize the prevalence of hypertension in the United States and its associated social and financial costs.
  • Identify causes of hypertension.
  • Understand what blood pressure readings are and how blood pressure is measured.
  • Define guidelines for treatment, prevention, and control of hypertension.
  • Recognize high-risk populations and risks of heart disease and stroke.
  • Understand barriers to care and adherence to treatment.
  • Recognize lifestyle changes that improve blood pressure control.
  • Recognize DASH diet.
  • Research resources that support lifestyle changes.
  • Research community resources that help detect and control blood pressure.

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