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*(ATLANTA) — According to the CDC, more than 67 million Georgians have high blood pressure and many more may be at risk.

To combat this issue and reduce a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease, the Metro Atlanta American Heart Association/American Stroke Association launched the Check. Change. Control. program to help residents identify, lower and maintain healthy blood pressure levels.

And now, Grammy award winner, Atlanta resident and congestive heart failure survivor Ann Nesby will be introduced as a local spokesperson for the cause through a new PSA.

Check. Change. Control is a free initiative focused on the power of support. Participants are matched with volunteer mentors, encouraged to check their blood pressure regularly, and given resources to help them reach their blood pressure goals. Mentors monitor results and offer support through phone calls, texts, email or face-to-face meetings. To check progress, participants and mentors use the American Heart Association’s online health tracking tool, Heart360.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects one in three Americans, and occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or higher. African-Americans in the United States have the highest rates of high blood pressure than any group in the world.

“My grandparents, parents, sister and many of my fans have been affected by high blood pressure and/or heart disease. It’s killing our communities and we have to get it under control,” said Ann Nesby. “Through Check. Change. Control., the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is not just providing knowledge and resources. It’s offering a personal connection to motivate people to keep their blood pressure controlled to healthy levels.”

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is piloting the program in more than 50 cities across the country. Preliminary results show that those who began the study with blood pressure higher than 150/90 mmHg, systolic pressure (top number) decreased by 24.2 mmHg and diastolic pressure (bottom number) decreased by 10 mmHg. Eventually, 70 percent of participants had a blood pressure lower than 140/90 or a 10 mmHg decrease in systolic pressure.

The initiative is one way the Association and its volunteers are working toward the overall goal of improving cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

For more information about Atlanta’s Check. Change. Control. program, contact Nettie Jackson at [email protected]. To register, go to

For information about high blood pressure, visit

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — America’s No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent, treat and beat stroke. The Dallas-based association was created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit

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What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure results from two forces. One is created by the heart as it pumps blood into the arteries and through the circulatory system. The other is the force of the arteries as they rest between heart beats.

What should my blood pressure be?
A blood pressure below 120/80mm Hg is considered normal. The top number (systolic) is the pressure when the heart beats. The bottom number (diastolic) is the pressure when the heart rests between beats.

Why does blood pressure matter?

High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in various parts of your body. The longer it’s left untreated, the more likely organs such as your heart, brain, kidneys or eyes will be damaged. This can lead to heart attacks stroke, heart failure, kidney disease and more.

What can I do about my blood pressure?

  • Lose weight if you’re overweight.
  • Eat healthy foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and salt.
  • Eat a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
  • Increase your daily physical activity.
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day (women) and two drinks a day (men).
  • If you smoke, stop. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Avoid exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Take medicine the way your doctor tells you.


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