Tackling high blood pressure in the Berkshires
Did you know high blood pressure is the silent killer and every 39 seconds an adult dies of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease? Nationally, nearly 60 million Americans are at risk for hypertension and pre-hypertension, largely driven by lifestyle factors such as being overweight, physical inactivity and smoking. Here in Berkshire County, approximately 18% of people have high blood pressure, which is defined as a reading greater than 140 over 90, and an additional 30% are at risk for high blood pressure.
Berkshire Health Systems and the Tri-Town Health Department were awarded a $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office to help address the problem of high blood pressure in the Berkshires from 2011-2013. During that grant period:
Get Cuffed clinical services continue due to the valued support of BHS. Every month we continue to offer blood pressures screenings and individual and group Get Cuffed classes with a nurse throughout the community.
For more information about Get Cuffed or to register for a class near you, contact:
Susan Kaufman, RN, 413-447-3052 or firstname.lastname@example.org