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Prevention Strategies for High Blood Pressure: A Rural Community Approach

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Title:Prevention Strategies for High Blood Pressure: A Rural Community Approach
Authors:Wagner, Jasmine
Contributors:Daub, Katharyn (instructor)
Ayers-Kawakami, Jeanette (instructor)
Keywords:high blood pressure
blood pressure
heart disease
Cerebrovascular disease
Date Issued:29 May 2019
Abstract:High blood pressure (HBP) increases the risk for dangerous and potentially fatal health conditions. HBP is a leading cause for heart disease and stroke in the United States (U.S.). Heart disease and stroke are among the top causes of mortality in the U.S. HBP is known as the “silent killer” because signs and symptoms are not always apparent. Individuals who live in rural communities and lack education and access to medical services are at a higher risk for developing HBP and are more likely to die from heart related complications compared to individuals living in suburban or urban communities. According to literature, 15% of the American population lives in rural areas. There are modifiable risk factors, which can lower the risk of HBP. The outcome of this project is to increase awareness of HBP and identify modifiable risk factors to reduce the incidence of HBP among rural community members. Evidence-based education was provided to the community to improve outcomes. The project setting was held at Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP) on the Leeward Coast of Oahu. A convenience sample was used for this project. A quantitative research design was used to gather data. Materials used included a pre-questionnaire, a post-questionnaire, and an open-ended questionnaire. Data was analyzed and organized in an Excel spreadsheet. This project was also evaluated for validity and accuracy. The goal of this Practice Inquiry Project (PIP) was to identify risk factors for HBP among community members, and to use this evidence-based information to educate on effective strategies to reduce the risk of HBP.
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