The Southeast Health District Hypertension Treatment Program

Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention ProgramThis program provides blood pressure monitoring, medication, education, nutrition and laboratory services for clients with hypertension throughout the sixteen counties.

The purpose of the Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention Program (SHAPP) is to reduce death and disability from stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. Care is provided to low-income clients in partnership with the client’s physician and the Public Health nurse.

SHAPP Services:
Assessment of CVD risk factor, history including family history, physical examination and laboratory studies.

Treatment consists of education on lifestyle modifications in the areas of:

  • Improving physical activity
  • Incorporating the DASH diet (a low salt, low fat diet) and
  • Antihypertensive medications

SHAPP Goals:

  1. Identify people at risk for cardiovascular disease and support lifestyle management to prevent the development of cardiovascular disease.
  2. Provide treatment to persons with hypertension to achieve blood pressure control rates above the national average.
  3. Assist clients to modify their lifestyle to improve their health. Modifications include: incorporating the DASH diet, increasing physical activity, and discontinuing the use of tobacco products.
  4. Support collaboration with community-based health care providers and partners.

In FY 2007, the blood pressure control rate was 72.75%, which is above the state control rate of 61%, and also surpasses the Healthy People 2010 goal of 50%.

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Southeast Health District
1101 Church Street
Waycross, GA 31501
P: 912-285-6002
F: 912-284-2980

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