Christine Kisiel, left, and Jeremy Robinson pose recently with a ceremonial check announcing NYCM Insurance's partnership with the American Heart Association to support Utica-area blood pressure clinics.

Christine Kisiel, left, and Jeremy Robinson pose recently with a ceremonial check announcing NYCM Insurance’s partnership with the American Heart Association to support Utica-area blood pressure clinics.

NYCM Insurance, now in its 30th year working with the American Heart Association, has announced a three-year, $105,000 partnership to support blood pressure clinics in the Utica area.

In the first year of the new partnership, NYCM has adopted a blood pressure clinic at Mosaic Health in Utica to promote healthy blood pressures in the Mohawk Valley. The aim of the clinic is to provide education, guidance and resources, including self-monitoring devices, to the patients who need it the most.

“The American Heart Association is in direct alignment with who NYCM is as an organization,” said Jeremy Robinson, senior vice president of Customer Relations Management at NYCM Insurance. “We support them in efforts such as this because we care about the future of our communities and want to provide hope for our friends, families and co-workers.”

More than 100 million Americans and nearly half of all adults are living with high blood pressure, putting them at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. In the Mohawk Valley, high blood pressure affects a significant percentage of the adult population. Many of these individuals visit clinics regularly for check-ups and blood pressure monitoring, but have had less access under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that high blood pressure is a huge issue in the Mohawk Valley, with about one-third of Mohawk Valley residents having high blood pressure,” said Christine Kisiel, executive director of the American Heart Association in the Mohawk Valley. “In some parts of the City of Utica, the blood pressure rates are as high as 45 percent.”

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because too many people don’t know they have it, and it’s a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, she explained. This donation from NYCM Insurance will make it possible for the American Heart Association to place blood pressure measurement programs in clinics with patients at great risk of high blood pressure.

“We’re grateful for this investment in our mission, that will improve health in our area,” Kisiel said.

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