National Blood Pressure Month
Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic
May is Blood Pressure Education Month! We want to take this opportunity to talk about the importance of understanding and managing your blood pressure – especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
What is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force with which your blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels. Blood vessels are how your blood flows through your body. When your heart beats, it pushes blood through your blood vessels and sends it to the tissues and organs in your body that need oxygenated blood to function. Making sure your blood pressure stays at a healthy level is critical to your overall health.
To learn more about healthy blood pressure, check out our blog: What is Health Blood Pressure?.
I have a lot to think about, why is this important right now?
Having high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can increase the risk for other health problems including heart attack and stroke – unfortunately these types of health problems do not go away even though we are so focused on this new health threat of coronavirus. People with high blood pressure are also at higher risk of developing life-threatening complications if they become ill with coronavirus.
Our goal during a Pandemic is to keep you healthy.
If you are living with high blood pressure, or other chronic health conditions, continuing to have regular visits with your medical care team and following your care plan remains just as, if not more, important.
Since we know you are at an increased risk of complications from coronavirus, we also need to make sure we keep you in the safety of your home as much as possible. This is why, during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are using telehealth appointments to connect with patients and provide care.
How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension, an at-home blood pressure cuff is an important tool and will make your telehealth visits more effective. If you do not have a blood pressure cuff, please contact your Chapa-De Medical Provider. We may be able to provide one free of charge in partnership with your Medi-Cal Insurance Company or through grant funds.
To learn more, or schedule an appointment with your provider, please call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2810 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.
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