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Highland Offers Free Blood Pressure Screenings Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Highland Hospital invites the public to its Heart Health Education and Awareness Day from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 14 in the lobby. Doctors and nurses will be on hand to give free blood pressure screenings and information on preventing heart disease and maintaining a healthy heart. A recent study by the American Heart Association highlights the importance of awareness and preventative care.

The study showed the cost of treating cardiovascular disease - the number one killer in the country - is expected to triple to $818 billion by 2030. About 41 percent of the U.S. population is expected to have some form of heart disease. Treatment of hypertension, or high blood pressure, is expected to be the most costly, estimated at $390 billion.

Chief of Cardiology J. Chad Teeters, M.D. says hypertension is the most common cardiovascular-related disease but often goes unnoticed or untreated.

"Hypertension is known as a 'silent killer' because it rarely causes patients to feel poorly, so they often fail to seek care for it or take medications appropriately," Teeters said. "Getting a blood pressure screening is the first step to a healthier heart. And treating hypertension earlier in life could decrease long-term risks for heart attack or stroke."

Staff will be available at the event to explain the results of blood pressure readings and to provide information on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure and reduce the threat for heart disease.

People who are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease include:

  • People 65 and older
  • Males
  • Someone with a family history of heart disease
  • Smokers
  • People who are overweight or obese

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