Federal grant awarded to help treat hypertension in minority communities – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) – Heart disease and stroke are the two leading causes of death for Americans, and high blood pressure may increase the risk of both diseases.

That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control, making blood pressure checks a vital step for prevention.

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“People who smoke are going to be at higher risk,” said Dr. Lisa Knysz, director of integration at Central City Integrated Health.

“People who have a family history of high blood pressure. People who have a personal history or family history of diabetes. People who have a diet high in salt and/or fat, obesity, and then a high alcohol consumption.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services partners with the American Heart Association to bring treatment, education, and preventive care to minority communities in and around Detroit.

“They can get dizzy, it can affect their vision, if left untreated, which we’re starting to see if that can lead to other heart disease,” Dr. Knysz said.

“They may even have a stroke and other additional serious conditions.”

Central City Integrated Health received a $98,000 grant to treat hypertension through case management services and self-monitoring blood pressure devices.

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“We teach them how to use it, the blood pressure cuffs we use are actually going to store the different bps right in the cuff itself, so when they come in we plug it into the computer and we can download, said Dr. Knysz.

The devices help track data to create hypertension treatment plans for patients.

“So it’s very important that we want individuals to come even if they don’t have insurance,” Dr. Knysz said.

“Here, coming to Central City Integrated Health, whether you have insurance or you don’t have the ability to pay, we’re not going to turn anyone away. We will provide care and treatment to everyone who walks through the door. »

For more information about the program and enrollment eligibility, call 313-831-3160.

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