I am Dr. Willie Lawrence, Medical Director, Center for Better Health and Cardiovascular Wellness, Spectrum Health Lakeland in Benton Harbor, Michigan and a volunteer expert for Get Down With Your Blood Pressure. AMA about high blood pressure!
I’m Dr. Willie Lawrence and I serve as Medical Director at the Center for Better Health and Cardiovascular Wellness, Spectrum Health Lakeland in Benton Harbor and volunteer expert for Get Down With Your Blood Pressure. Get Down with Your Blood Pressure is a national high blood pressure campaign launched in collaboration between the Ad Council, the American Heart Association, and the American Medical Association. These new PSAs were developed to urge U.S. adults to self-monitor their blood pressure (SMBP) and speak with a healthcare provider about their blood pressure management. I’ve spent over three decades championing health equity and the importance of adults self-monitoring their blood pressure, particularly through my time as a volunteer for the American Heart Association. During this time, I have served on several national and regional health care policy committees, including the Association of Black Cardiologists and a long-standing volunteer for the American Heart Association. I currently serve as the chair of the American Heart Association’s National Hypertension Control Initiative Advisory Committee. I’m here to answer any questions you have about managing your blood pressure. Have questions about how to lower your blood pressure? Looking for tips on how to decrease the incidence of stroke, heart attack and heart failure? Ask me anything!
UPDATE: Thanks so much for your questions, comments, and conversation! I enjoyed it very much! For great facts on managing your blood pressure check out www.ManageYourBP.org