The Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) participants are adults who have already been identified as having high blood pressure, or who may be at risk for hypertension. Adults who have other chronic diseases with similar risk factors are also targeted with the CHAP programs. Approximately one in five Canadian adults are unaware of their hypertension (1); blood pressure measurement with the CHAP program may be the first indication of their condition. Depending on the community, CHAP may be modified and adapted to fit the individual needs of the local population, in language, culture, program location, risk factor screening, or additional specific community services or supports. Often CHAP participants also volunteer with the program.
- Epidemiology of Hypertension in Canada: An Update. Padwal, R., Bienek, A., McAlister, F., Campbell, N. s.l. : Elsevier, 2016, Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 32, pp. 687-694.