MyHEART stands for the My Hypertension Education and Reaching Target program. Our goal is to share information with young adults to help them live a healthier life, lower their blood pressure, and prevent heart disease. MyHEART was created with young adults and healthcare team members to address a broad range of topics. We welcome everyone to share this information with their family, friends, and other important people in their lives.
Young adults have trouble controlling their blood pressure. They have the lowest rates of blood pressure control (achieving a blood pressure <140/90 mmHg) compared to other adult age groups. Approximately 1 in 15 young adults have high blood pressure, increasing their risk of a future heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and/or kidney disease.
Many young adults have reported having few resources to address their needs for heart health education.
Our high blood pressure research program is in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program. We focus on increasing young adult self-management skills to promote heart healthy choices and lower blood pressure.
A free toolkit for clinicians, health care administrators, and other health advocates who are interested in using the MyHEART website within their organization is available here. It contains information and tools for promoting the use of MyHEART website, including posters, brochures, and sample social media and website posts.