• Measure Up/Pressure Down

    At Wellmont Medical Associates, our goal is to provide patients with the highest quality care and service no matter what. This means whether you visit for an illness, injury or for your yearly physical – we are here for you.

    But did you know Wellmont Medical Associates also strives to keep our entire community healthy?

    What is the silent killer?

    A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control showed that one in three people in the country have high blood pressure, but one of the most dangerous facets of this condition is someone might have no idea he or she is afflicted. As a result, it is frequently called a silent killer, one that contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day.

    These sobering statistics have long concerned Wellmont Medical Associates. And it has led us to join more than 120 medical groups and health systems in a national campaign called Measure Up/Pressure Down.

    What is Measure Up/Pressure Down?

    Created by the American Medical Group Foundation, the campaign has an ambitious goal: By 2016, 80 percent of patients with high blood pressure will have this condition under control. Action is necessary because, without corrective measures, the number of people with high blood pressure is projected to climb to 100 million by 2030, the foundation said.

    High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 Americans and is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and diabetes.

    Early recognition and control lessen the risk of future complications.

    We are taking on the challenge of controlling high blood pressure.

    As a Wellmont Medical Associates patient, will notice an increased focus on hypertension in our offices.

    We have challenged all providers and staff to create a culture where hypertension goal achievement is the norm for our patients, and we encourage any caregiver to remind both the patient and provider if a patient’s high blood pressure is not under control.

    We are laying the groundwork to inform our patients about high blood pressure.

    Expect your blood pressure to be addressed at every visit, and if you are a newly diagnosed patient or started on a new medication, we will ask you to follow-up within 30 days. This allows us an opportunity to reevaluate treatment, intensify if needed and provide education.

    There are five steps you can do to help us take an accurate blood pressure.

    • Be sure you have not drunk caffeine or alcohol, smoked or used tobacco products or exercised in the 30 minutes before your blood pressure is taken.
    • Be sure you have rested or sat quietly at least five minutes before your pressure is taken.
    • Remove any coat, clothing or sleeve from the area where the blood pressure cuff will be placed.
    • Maintain your arm at the level of the heart during the reading; you may need to rest it on a chair arm or table. Also try to relax and breathe easily.
    • Don’t cross your legs while your pressure is being taken and keep both feet flat on the floor.

    Visit any of our Wellmont Medical Associates practices to start taking control of your blood pressure today.