“The Release the Pressure (RTP) campaign brings together a diverse coalition of health care organizations – the RTP Heart Health Squad – who are dedicated to…”.

Release the Pressure

What is Release the Pressure?

In Release the Pressure, ESSENCE elaborate on:

Release the Pressure
“It’s in all of us—the power to protect our heart and the hearts of those we love. And now, more than ever, during the COVID-19 pandemic and with the recent media coverage highlighting the ongoing violence against Black people, it’s critical that we support each other. Commit to partnering with a health care professional, virtually or in-person, and encourage your squad–family and friends–to stay healthy too.

If you’re ready to be part of a healthy blood pressure movement, join us”.


What is ESSENCE?

In About: About ESSENCE Communications INC. The ESSENCE Brand—Where Black Women Come First, ESSENCE explain:

“ESSENCE Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 20 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. From the pages of its signature magazine, to its unmatched live experiences, to its always-on mobile and digital, ESSENCE occupies a special place in the hearts of Black women everywhere. Whether bringing news, politics, culture, entertainment, or inspiration for her aspirations, ESSENCE is committed to telling her stories – in her voice and in her image – and has become a most trusted confidante and “home” for global Black culture”.

RTP Heart Health Squad

Who are the RTP Heart Health Squad?

In Release the Pressure, ESSENCE elaborate on:

Release the Pressure“The Release the Pressure (RTP) campaign brings together a diverse coalition of health care organizations – the RTP Heart Health Squad – who are dedicated to partnering with the Black community to improve heart health. The COVID-19 pandemic and recent coverage of ongoing verbal and physical violence against Black people has increased the visibility of long-standing inequities, therefore, the RTP Heart Health Squad will use its collective reach, influence, and resources to reduce disparities in hypertension and to advance health equity”.

Silent Killer

Why is high blood pressure often called the “silent killer”?

In Why High Blood High Pressure Is A “Silent Killer”: High Blood Pressure Is Often Called the “Silent Killer” the American Heart Association (AHA) explain:

“Most of the time, high blood pressure (HBP, or hypertension) has no obvious symptoms to indicate that something is wrong. The best ways to protect yourself are being aware of the risks and making changes that matter”.


Is there an association between menopause and high blood pressure?

In High Blood Pressure and Women: High Blood Pressure After Menopause the AHA note:

Release the Pressure
“While you may have had normal blood pressure most of your life, your chances of developing high blood pressure increase considerably after menopause. See your doctor regularly to have your blood pressure monitored”.

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with my heart health and/or BP?

In Release the Pressure: 1. Set A BP Goal With A Health Care Professional, ESSENCE elaborate on:

Release the Pressure
“Connect with your health care professional to schedule an appointment, whether in-person or virtually (ask if phone or video calls are an option). These resources can help you prepare”.

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Last Updated: 07 June 2020 – Last Revised: 07 June 2020
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