Heart Disease and Stroke

Heart Disease and Stroke

Healthy Heart Ambassador Program

You can take charge of monitoring and controlling your blood pressure!

The Healthy Heart Ambassador Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring (HHA-BPSM) program is a four-month-long Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved lifestyle change program to control high blood pressure for those with hypertension.

The Y-USA’s BPSM program is designed to help adults better manage high blood pressure through regular blood pressure self-monitoring and other heart-healthy activities.

Program Structure

  • 4-month program
  • 10-minute consultations with a program facilitator during drop-in office hours
  • weekly check-ins from the program facilitator by phone, email, or text
  • Monthly nutrition education seminars

Program participants are asked to attend two personalized consultations per month (office hours) and the monthly nutrition education seminars.

Program Benefits

  • Joining the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program is an investment in your health and a commitment to reducing your heart attack or stroke risk.
  • One of the benefits of the program is the support participants will receive to develop the habit of self-monitoring to lower or better manage their blood pressure.
  • The value is in investing in your health to reduce your risk for heart disease.
  • The fee for the program also ensures the program is sustainable and can benefit others with high blood pressure.

Participant Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old or older.
  • Been diagnosed with high blood pressure and are on antihypertensive medication.
  • Not experienced a recent (within the last 12 months) cardiac event.
  • Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias.
  • Not have or are not at risk for lymphedema.

At the beginning of the program, HHAs work with individuals to determine their eligibility, complete their enrollment, and then discuss program goals, activities, and commitments.