High blood pressure (hypertension) is the leading cause of death and disability in Canada.
Hypertension is blood pressure that is above the normal range. Once it develops, it usually lasts for life.
A small reduction in blood pressure can have a significant impact on your overall health. A five point drop lowers your risk of death from stroke by 14 per cent.
The my Blood Pressure Initiative encourages all Nova Scotians to have their blood pressure checked whenever they can. It is a simple way to get actively involved in managing your health.
It includes the my Blood Pressure Card, a wallet-sized tool designed to track your blood pressure. Regular and routine monitoring of blood pressure – or “knowing your numbers” is an important way to take care of yourself. With this unique tool, you will have a record of your blood pressure with you at all times. This will make it easier to look for changes over time and to remind you to talk about your blood pressure with your physician or health care team.
Healthcare providers, non government agencies and other groups involved in raising awareness about the importance of knowing your blood pressure can obtain copies of the My Blood Pressure Card, Poster and Pamphlet by completing the Order Forum and emailing to : firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note: There are English, French, First Nations, African Canadian and Immigrant Population versions of some of the materials.