American Heart Month Bolstered By Free Screenings

Chautauqua County has one of the highest rates of heart attack and stroke deaths in New York state.

Not only does that mean far too many people dying far too young from heart-related issues, but cardiovascular disease keeps people from working and enjoying the natural beauty Chautauqua County has to offer.

It is heartbreaking to see loved ones struggle to fight diseases like cancer that have no cure. Heart disease is different. We can all help prevent heart problems by taking some simple precautions: avoiding tobacco use, eating heart healthy foods and exercising regularly can all lessen one’s risk of heart disease or heart attack.

February is American Heart Month, a reminder for all of us to treat our heart with care. It is also a good time to take advantage of an opportunity for a free blood pressure screening. The UPMC Chautauqua WCA heart center team will offer free blood pressure screenings from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Cardiology Department, second floor, 207 Foote Ave. The heart team will also provide fact tip sheets on heart and stroke symptoms and prevention.

Those who haven’t had a blood pressure screening lately should take this opportunity to get one done. Your heart will thank you.