Lowering High Blood Pressure in the Puget Sound

Nurse checking a man's blood pressure at a parish center

High blood pressure puts many Puget Sound adults at an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

Studies show that roughly 35% of adults are unaware they have high blood pressure. That would be an estimated 577,500 adults living in the Puget Sound unaware that they are living with a dangerous condition.

Seattle stroke survivor Bill Monroe

Survivor Story: Bill Monroe

When I had my stroke at 46, it took a little while to understand the cause. Ultimately the medical team concluded it was probably my history of high blood pressure. In 2015 I developed high blood pressure, but I didn’t know. That’s the thing about high blood pressure — it doesn’t hurt. There was no pain. I only found out because during the last week of December, I began have massive nosebleeds every other day. I checked my blood pressure at home, and it registered at more than 200/160! That got me into the doctor’s office.

Over the course of the next few months, we worked to get my BP under control through medication and diet. Then in June 2017 I had my stroke.

My recovery has involved a lot of hard work and physical therapy. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for stroke. Control your blood pressure. If you don’t know what it is, find out and talk with your doctor to develop a plan to drive it to safe levels - under 120/80.

Making An Impact

Checking blood pressure regularly is an important part of keeping high blood pressure controlled. Here are some of the ways we are helping adults in our community manage blood pressure.

Target BP logo with American Heart Association and American Medical Association

Target: BP™ supports doctors and care teams in helping patients keep hypertension under control.  More than 20 organizations in the Puget Sound are participating, covering more than 6 million patients.

Congratulations to these clinics that have demonstrated a commitment to quality improvement:

Gold Award

  • GIM SERVICES PLLC dba Pacific Family & Internal Medicine
  • International Community Health Services
  • MultiCare Medical Associates
  • UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center
  • North Olympic Healthcare Network
  • Swedish Medical Group

Participant Recognition

  • Community Health Center of Snohomish County
  • HealthPoint
  • Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Check Change Control Blood Pressure logo

Our community blood pressure monitoring program is currently implemented with the Korean Women’s Association in Tacoma, the Sikh Temple in Renton, and health ministries in Tacoma. If your organization is interested in Check. Change. Control. BP or investing in our work to improve blood pressure control, contact our office.