Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Jump-Start Program

Welcome to the Hypertension Jump-Start Program. This program provides information on self-care and preventive care for Exclusive Care members diagnosed with high blood pressure.  The materials are designed to complement the care you receive from your doctor by increasing your understanding and management of high blood pressure, as well as provide you with tools to help you monitor your hypertension care.

Your Exclusive Care Health Plan provides you your hypertension medications free of charge!

Please note: This information is provided to you for educational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. Before changing any lifestyle activities, please discuss any health improvement activities or concerns that you may have with your doctor.

The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office

Medical homes are the foundation for patient-centered care and are responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values. The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office is conveniently located near downtown Riverside at the site of the Don Schroeder Family Clinic and the Rubidoux Pharmacy. The Center offers a convenient way for Exclusive Care members to receive all recommended preventative services, including nutrition and fitness consultations, at one site with no cost to members. You may access this service regardless of your PCP assignment. Same day appointments are available.

Rubidoux Pharmacy

For the best possible utilization of your prescriptions, contact the Pharmacist for a consultation. Save time and money by taking advantage of the Pharmacy’s mail order program – members receive 3 months of medications for the cost of 2 months copay. There are no copays for diabetes medications and supplies, or hypertension and cholesterol medications. Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) card is accepted.

Risk Assessments

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

Your path to good health just got a lot easier. Enter some basic health information and this Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test will calculate your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Framingham Heart Study Primary Risk Functions

Risk prediction estimates for the risk of various cardiovascular disease outcomes in different time horizons are available as score sheets and direct risk functions. The choice of the appropriate risk prediction algorithm should consider the following components: cardiovascular outcome, population of interest, time horizon, and risk factors. Outcome specific algorithms preceded by the descriptions of the above four components are available here.


The Facts About High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone.

Health Threats From High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) puts your health and quality of life in danger. Left uncontrolled or undetected, high blood pressure can lead to a long list of consequences. Lean more.

Know Your Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure
A number of factors and variables can put you at a greater risk for developing high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension). Understanding these risk factors can help you be more aware of how likely you are to develop high blood pressure. Check out these HBP risk factors.

Why High Blood Pressure is a "Silent Killer"
There’s a reason it’s often called the “silent killer.” Most of the time, high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) has no obvious symptoms to indicate that something’s wrong. The best ways to protect yourself are being aware of the risks and making changes that matter.

Changes You Can Make to Manage High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is a symptomless “silent killer” that quietly damages blood vessels and leads to serious health threats. While there is no cure, using medications as prescribed and making positive lifestyle changes can help enhance your quality of life and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and more.

Get the Most Out of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Checking your blood pressure at home is an important part of managing high blood pressure. Find out how to use home monitors accurately.

Tools & Resources

Drug Interaction Checker
This tool may not cover all possible drug interactions. The information provided here is for informational purposes only. The information contained herein should NOT be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other health care provider. Please check with a physician if you have health questions or concerns.

Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH
What you choose to eat affects your chances of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension (the medical term). Recent studies show that blood pressure can be lowered by following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan – and by eating less salt, also called sodium.