Hypertension (HTN)

Updated: Thursday May 15, 2014


The goal of the Hypertension Program at the Smithville Medical Centre Family Health Team (SMC FHT) is to identify patients with high blood pressure and provide them with education that supports individual learning and self-management of this condition. The Hypertension Program is delivered and supported by a knowledgeable and interdisciplinary team including the Program Director, Nurse Practitioners, the Registered Dietitian and the Registered Nurse Educator. Individual and group visits are offered as part of this program.

The BpTRU machine is used for blood pressure measurement in order to ensure accurate and consistent readings each time you have your blood pressure checked by the Registered Nurse Educator. The individual and group settings offer a great educational resource that can help you understand what hypertension is; the risks; and strategies for blood pressure reduction. We can offer you support for lifestyle changes that have been proven to significantly reduce blood pressure and decrease the risk of many cardiovascular diseases. Ultimately, our Hypertension Program belongs to you, the patient, and we are here to facilitate your journey.


The Hypertension Group is offered through referral from your Family Doctor. This is a patient centered interactive education class offered by a Registered Nurse Educator and a Registered Dietitian.

The learning objectives are as follows:

  • Blood pressure check with BpTRU
  • What is hypertension?
  • Causes and risks of hypertension
  • Self-measurement of blood pressure and what the numbers mean
  • Self-management education and lowering your blood pressure through lifestyle changes. This could include, but not limited to, diet, activity, weight loss, smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, stress management


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