Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blood Pressure Screening Next Week

When is the last time you have had your blood pressure checked?

High blood pressure can lead to coronary heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, heart failure, and other problems. High blood pressure is defined as 140/90 or higher. Blood pressure tends to rise with age.

LifeBridge Health is holding a blood pressure screening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Afya Center, 4151 Park Heights Ave., on Wednesday, November 11. The screening, part of the Know Your Health program, is free.

A blood pressure test is easy and painless. To prepare, please wear loose clothing. Do not drink coffee or smoke cigarettes for 30 minutes prior to the test.

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you will need follow-up treatment. The goal is to have your blood pressure "under control," which means that your numbers are normal, or less than 120/80 mmHg.

To learn more, visit or call 410-601-WELL (9355).

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