Living Kidney Donors Network (LKDN)
Blood Pressure Screening Program
Save A Life
It Just May Be Your Own!
The LKDN Blood Pressure Screening Program educates members of Rotary Clubs about the risks of high blood pressure. The program supplies clubs with blood pressure monitors so members can check their blood pressure on a regular basis. Material describing the risks of high blood pressure is provided. The club can use the blood pressure machines with their outreach programs and provide blood pressure screening to members of their community.
High blood pressure is a chronic problem in America:
Three Articles of Interest:
As a result of one study new guidelines are being developed. This study concluded that lowering systolic blood pressure, (the first number,) to 120 or below reduced by 30% the number of strokes and heart attacks and the number of deaths by 25%. Click here to read the article.
Another study showed that one in nine men age 45 may be at higher risk of premature death due to sudden cardiac death. High blood pressure alone or a combination of other cardiovascular risk factors was associated with an even higher risk. Click here to read the article.
High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor for preventing stokes. 9 out of 10 strokes could be prevented by having normal blood pressure. Click here to read this article.
Controlling High Blood Pressure Will Save More Lives Than Any Other Medical Intervention
- One in every three adults in the U.S., about 80 million people has high blood pressure. Only half have their blood pressure under control.
- 850,000 Americans have a stroke each year and of that number, most are women 475,000. Over 60% of women will die from their first stroke, while only 40% of men will die from their first stroke.
- High blood pressure is a significant contributing factor causing heart attacks and strokes – two of the leading causes of death for Americans.
- High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and there is a substantial overlap between diabetes and high blood pressure.
- It is called the silent killer. Most people don’t know when their blood pressure is high and there are rarely any warning signs or symptoms.
- There isn’t a cure for high blood pressure, but for most people it could be managed with lifestyle changes and medication.
- The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly.
The LKDN Blood Pressure Screening Program complements the LKDN Fraternal Education Initiative. This initiative educates members of fraternal groups and other organizations about the need for living kidney donors. This is the only national education program about living kidney donation.
To learn more about LKDN Fraternal Education Initiative go to: www.LKDN.org/fraternal/index.html
For more information contact Harvey Mysel at: Harvey@LKDN.org or 312-473-3772