The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health to increase awareness of blood pressure control for women during National Women’s Blood Pressure Awareness week: October 17-23.
DPH reminds the public about the health benefits in tracking and managing blood pressure, especially high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, which is associated with strokes and heart disease.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 299,578 women in 2019 – or about 1 in every 5 female deaths.
Public Health officials also warn of preeclampsia, a form of elevated blood pressure experienced by some women during pregnancy, which can lead to pregnancy complications, health problems in pregnant women, and future health issues.
High blood pressure is associated with many serious health problems, regular screening along with a few simple, low-cost preventative practices and behavioral changes can help to control blood pressure and improve overall health.
During National Women’s Blood Pressure Awareness Week, women are urged to:
- Measure their blood pressure levels regularly at home, in the office of a health care provider, or at a community location such as a pharmacy or grocery store
- Track their blood pressure level with a handy tracker or blood pressure wallet card
- Share their blood pressure trackers with their healthcare providers to help improve their heart health status
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
Women can reach out to their healthcare providers for resources to help develop a personalized plan to lower and maintain a healthy blood pressure.
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