Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers free hypertension classes island-wide for those with a hypertension diagnosis.
These 2.5 hour sessions are once a week for three weeks. Learn information about heart disease, hypertension, nutrition, exercise, medication, and self-health management while living with hypertension and heart disease. Classes are lead by a Registered Nurse (RN) and other medical professionals.
Visit hmono.org/classes/ to sign-up for a free Hypertension class today! Or call us at (808) 969-9220.
Updated Hypertension Guidelines. released 11.13.2017
Did you hear? New guidelines for hypertension (high blood pressure) have been released. The threshold for hypertension has now been dropped to 130/80. As the American Heart Association explains, "Hypertension occurs when the force of blood pushing against vessel walls is too high. This added pressure causes the heart to work too hard and blood vessels to function less effectively. Over time, the stress damages the tissues within arteries, which can further damage the heart and circulatory system." Those with hypertension are at a much higher risk for stroke or heart attack.
For more information, the 2017
APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood
Pressure in Adults official report from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart
Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines published on November 13, 2017 can be found online at heart.org.
What is Hypertension?
According to the American Heart Association, about 2200 Americans die each day from heart
disease. That’s about one every 40 seconds and 46 % of them have uncontrolled high blood pressure. Taking care of your blood pressure and blood sugars are important aspects to taking care of your health. Not to mention they decrease your risk of heart attacks and strokes by 45%. Eating healthier, being active, and drinking water also helps us take control of our health.
Did you know that laughing may actually help your heart? According to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, attending cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, laughter can decrease stress hormones, reduce artery inflammation, and increase HDL or the “good” cholesterol. Once you start laughing, it forces you to feel better and the effects can last 24 hours.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to a variety of diseases and conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels.
The two most common cardiovascular diseases are heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading cause of death in Hawaiʻi. The good news is that CVD is largely preventable, so this is a health crisis we can solve. 29.7 percent Native Hawaiian adults have high blood pressure and 32.3 percent Native Hawaiian adults have high cholesterol which are risk factors to heart attacks and strokes.
Sources: OHA Native Hawaiian Health Fact sheet 2017 & State of Hawaii Dept. of Health