By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nurse taking a patient's blood pressure

The American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control  blood pressure reduction program helped Asian and Hispanic older adults make notable reductions in their blood pressure, according to a study presented at the AHA’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions.

In this study, researchers studied the program’s effectiveness in a group of 122 Chinese and Hispanic adults older than 62 years of age. Participants learned how to self-monitor and track their blood pressure, using the Heart360 digital tool.

They found:

  • At the study’s start, nearly 47 percent of participants had elevated blood pressure (defined as140/90 mm Hg or higher). At the end of the study four months later, 41 percent had high blood pressure, an improvement of nearly 6 percent.
  • More than 36 percent of those in the study had a systolic blood pressure drop of more than 10 mm Hg from the start to the end of the four-month study.

The AHA is rolling out its Check. Change. Control  program across the United States to help people manage their blood pressures through local health mentors. This research contributes to a better understanding of the patient factors that best predict blood pressure reduction, according to the authors.

Editor’s Note: This story was written when high blood pressure was considered 140/90 or higher. New guidelines released in November 2017 changed the definition to 130/80.