Million Hearts Tools for Change Resources

Community-Clinical Linkages

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring and Management (Patient Resources)

Acute Coronary Syndrome Guide [e-book]
The Association of Black Cardiologists has created a patient resource guide addressing stroke and heart attack prevention.

This patient-centered site, by the American College of Cardiology, provides several hypertension resources including a blood pressure tracker.

Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home
AHRQ provides resources that give a review of evidence and guide to self-measurement and assessment.

Check. Change. Control. Blood Pressure Monitoring Program
This resource from the American Heart Association empowers people to monitor and manage their blood pressures through a combination of resources, including AHA's web-based tracking tool, Heart360®.

Heart360 Cardiovascular Wellness Center
AHA introduces Heart360®, an online tool to help track and manage individual heart health, along with providing helpful advice and information.

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
The American Heart Association provides information for patients on home monitoring and recording, choosing a monitor, how to measure blood pressure, and an instructional video.

Do You Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers?
American Heart Association’s educational resource provides information on steps in self-measuring blood pressure and how to read the blood pressure numbers.

Know the Facts about High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet
This fact sheet from CDC is intended to provide patients and with background information on blood pressure and ways to manage it.

Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH
This educational brief developed by the DHHS National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is intended to inform patients about ways to better manage blood pressure through a healthy diet.

My Blood Pressure Wallet Card
The blood pressure wallet card from DHHS is for patients to use to track their blood pressure readings, medication, and medication instructions. It also has information about lifestyle changes to help reduce high blood pressure and questions to ask your doctor if you have high blood pressure.

Food and Drug Administration's Brochure on High BP Medication and Self-Management
From the Office of Women's Health, patients can use this guide, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to help talk to providers about blood pressure medicines.

Let’s Get a Dependable Reading Fact Sheet (Alabama)
This fact sheet was designed by Alabama’s ASTHO Million Hearts Learning Collaborative Coalition for use along with Reliable Readings and What Can I Do To Improve My Blood Pressure. It reviews common causes of a false elevated blood pressure.

Reliable Readings Poster (Alabama)
This poster was developed by Alabama’s ASTHO Million Hearts Learning Collaborative Coalition for use with What Can I Do To Improve My Blood Pressure (which reviews five behavior changes that individuals can do to improve their blood pressure, taken directly from the JNC7 Guidelines) and Let’s Get A Dependable Reading. Patients can learn about tips on taking a blood pressure reading that will lead to reliable results. This is also a helpful resource for clinicians, parish nurses, and recreational wellness centers.

Community Team-Based Care for Hypertension Management Brochure (Arkansas)
This brochure was developed by the Nevada County Care Manager for patients and clinicians describing team-based care and services offered by the Community Team-Based Care for Hypertension Management program, including the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

Community Team-Based Care Promotion Flyers (Arkansas)
These flyers promote services offered by Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Nurse Care Coordinators They were developed by ADH Communication Section and project staff for placement in physician offices, local health units, senior centers, hospital ERs and pharmacies to encourage participation in the initiative.

Community Team-Based Care Hypertension Wallet Cards (Arkansas)
Developed by Nurse Care Coordinators, these wallet cards and feature contact information for the Hypertension Case Manager. The cards were made for distribution to physicians, patients, pharmacist and others in promotion of the initiative.

Blood Pressure Tracking Wallet Cards (Kansas)
These wallet cards were developed by the Kansas Division of Public Health and partner clinics to be used as a tracking tool for patients with high blood pressure. They feature tips for a healthy heart, contact information, and a tracking table for blood pressure self-monitoring.

My Blood Pressure Management Guide (Maryland)
This is a patient education resource used in in Wicomico County, Maryland. Using a green, yellow, and red light visual, the guide helps patients interpret their blood pressure reading and provides a suggested action plan based on the reading.

Living Well with Hypertension Participant Action Plan (Maryland)
Maintaining Active Citizens (MAC Inc.) developed this resource as a tool to facilitate bi-directional data sharing between community programs and health systems. Participants bring the completed form to their primary care physician during their next visit following attendance at MAC’s Living Well with Hypertension workshop.

Blood Pressure Monitoring Community Resources Flyer (Maryland)
To promote self-monitoring of blood pressure, Baltimore City Health Department developed flyers specific to multiple zip codes to highlight the importance of regular blood pressure checks. The flyers each listed locations in the community where one could have blood pressure checked for free, as well as contact information for local healthcare providers.

Blood Pressure Wallet Cards (New Hampshire)
The New Hampshire Medical Society developed these blood pressure wallet cards for patients, and provided them to clinics involved in the ASTHO Million Hearts Learning Collaborative. The cards are also available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

A Patient Guide on How to Check Your Blood Pressure (New York)
This resource, developed by the New York State Department of Health, provides information for patients on proper home blood pressure measurement technique and includes a blood pressure log.

A Patient Guide on How to Check Your Blood Pressure - Spanish Version (New York)
This resource, developed by the New York State Department of Health, provides information for patients on proper home blood pressure measurement technique and includes a blood pressure log. Spanish version.

ASTHO Million Hearts Case Study: Ohio's "Check It, Change It, Control It" Toolkit
This toolkit was produced by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP). It was designed to increase screening among African-American males for hypertension and high cholesterol and improve their preventive behaviors and treatment by focusing on both patient education and physician training in care management and cultural sensitivity.

Check It. Change It. Control It. Your Heart Depends On It. (Ohio)
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians provides links to the materials included in Ohio's "Check It. Change It. Control It. Your Heart Depends On It." Toolkit. Resources includes physician guides, patient toolkits, and mobile apps.

CHD Patient Education Information (Oklahoma)
This patient guide, developed by the Pittsburgh County Health Department, offers information and tips for achieving lifestyle modifications to support self-management of blood pressure, including physical activity and stress.

Modified DASH Diet (Vermont) 
This two-page patient handout, developed by the Vermont Department of Health, offers a sample eating plan and daily menu structured around the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.

Video on DASH Diet for Consumers (Vermont)
The Vermont Department of Health collaborated with Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Team to produce a 4 minute video about the science behind the DASH Eating Plan targeted to consumers.

Patient Action Plan (Virginia)
This educational sheet was developed by staff at the Virginia Department of Health. It provided goals and an action plan for patients to work on and discuss with community-based health professionals such as community health workers.

How to Check Your Blood Pressure Patient Guide (Washington)
This patient guide, developed by the Washington State Department of Health and Healthy Communities Washington, provides in-depth guidance on how to take proper blood pressure measurements at home, how to interpret blood pressure readings, and blood pressure self-management strategies.


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