Free Blood Pressure Screenings Offered Through Friday

The UPMC Chautauqua WCA heart team will offer free blood pressure screenings during February American Heart Month.

The UPMC Chautauqua WCA heart center team will offer free blood pressure screenings during February American Heart Month.

The screenings will be held at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Cardiology Department, second floor, 207 Foote Ave., now through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is not required. Visitor parking is available adjacent from the front entrance of the hospital.

The heart team will provide fact tip sheets on heart and stroke symptoms and prevention including: heart health information, risk factor guidelines, heart-healthy recipes, exercise tips and smoking cessation and stroke prevention resources.

“An ounce of prevention can be the key to living a long and healthy life,” said Toni DeAngelo, community outreach manager, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75 million American adults have high blood pressure-that’s 1 of every 3 adults. High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms so many people do not realize they have it. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked. Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless. We want to encourage residents to stop by the hospital to get their blood pressure checked and pick up the newest information on getting healthy and making the right choices to stay healthy.”

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about three in four being first-time strokes. UPMC Chautauqua WCA recently received Primary Stroke Center Designation. The designation means that the expert team at UPMC Chautauqua WCA is ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the latest evidence-based treatments for stroke.

UPMC Chautauqua WCA will host its annual Strike Out Heart Disease bowling event at the Jamestown Bowling Company, 850 Foote Ave., on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 1-5 p.m. The cost is $15 a person for three games, including shoes. To register to bowl, contact Cathy Caster at 664-8255. Proceeds will support the purchase of rehabilitation equipment for heart patients of UPMC Chautauqua WCA.