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Videos in A'ani, Nakoda help blood pressure control

 

September 13, 2018



Press release

  A video tailored to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation will start helping people track and control a serious health problem — high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is the condition most commonly linked to stroke. Three out of 4 first-time stroke victims have high blood pressure. Controlling high blood pressure is critical to the prevention of death and disability resulting from stroke.

Fortunately, the “silent killer” may also be the most easily managed of all the risk factors for stroke.

“If you don’t know what your blood pressure is, then you don’t know if it is quietly damaging your blood vessels, leading to the blockage or rupture that cause a stroke,” said Crystelle Fogle, manager of the Montana Cardiovascular Health Program.

A blood pressure monitor helps measure the force of the flow of blood in the body. It is the only way to know if your blood pressure is higher than it should be. The upper number, “systolic” pressure, is the measure of the pressure in the blood when the heart beats. The lower, “diastolic” number is the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart rests between beats. Blood pressure is typically measured each time a patient visits a health care provider.

“You’ve seen the nurse take your blood pressure,” Fogle said. “It’s easy and quick. You can do the same thing at home, and it will go a long way to protect your health when you share your measurement record with your doctor.”

To help encourage older adults to monitor their blood pressure, the Montana Cardiovascular Health Program has developed a video showing how to use a digital blood pressure cuff. In about three minutes, the video shows simple step-by-step instructions.

The video has just been released with soundtracks in the A’ani — White Clay or Gros Ventre — language and the Nakoda language spoken by Assiniboine people in Montana.

The A’ani soundtrack was produced with the help of language instructor John Mark Stiffarm. Kenneth “Tuffy” Helgeson, a teacher at Hays-Lodge Pole High School, provided the translation and voiceover in the Nakoda language. Production services were provided by KGVA 88.1 FM located at Fort Belknap’s Aaniiih Nakoda College. 

Copies of the DVD featuring the A’ani and Nakoda videos, as well as Blackfeet, Cree, Crow, Dakota, English, Northern Cheyenne and Salish versions have been provided to the Fort Belknap Tribal Health Department. For more information, contact Tammy Rider at Fort Belknap Tribal Health. The videos can also be seen at http://www.YouTube.com/MTCVHP/.

The damage caused by high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) may lead to loss of vision and kidney failure as well as heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure occurs much more often in persons with diabetes. Blood pressure also increases with age.

National guidelines for blood pressure readings that pose health risks were lowered in 2017—from 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg. The new standards encourage patients and their doctors to address the deadly condition sooner—especially through life-style changes. 

 

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