St. Joseph’s in Breese will host blood pressure checks from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8, in the hospital Heritage Room.
Between one-quarter and one-third of all those having their blood pressure checked at the hospital’s recent health fairs had elevated readings. Screenings such as those offered Dec. 11 and throughout the year, help identify potential problems or monitor an existing situation.
According to the American Heart Association, the higher the blood pressure, the greater the chance of heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. Early identification can prompt lifestyle changes and focused treatment options resulting in less cardiovascular and kidney disease later in life.
At one time, readings in the 140/90 range were acceptable but now, those with a reading of 120 to 139 over 80 to 89 are considered pre-hypertensive, at higher risk and more likely to required medication.
The hospital hosts a free blood pressure check the second Tuesday of each month. Screenings are free and there are no dietary restrictions.