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Nov 30

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING FOR COUNTY WORKERS

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM by Office of Council Services

This morning the Department of Fire & Public Safety provided free blood pressure screening for employees this morning from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the following three locations:
 
One Main Plaza (Room 610)
The Maui Mall Service Center (DMVL conference room)
The DPS conference room on the sixth floor of the county building
 
The County of Maui provides FREE blood pressure screening for employees every quarter.
 
Why should you get your blood pressure checked regularly?
 
Some 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension, but only about half of them know it, primarily because it so rarely causes any noticeable symptoms and is usually detected only incidentally during a routine physical examination.

But left untreated, hypertension promotes atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) and increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney damage and destruction of tiny blood vessels in the eye, which can result in vision loss. For these reasons hypertension is often called “the silent killer.”

For this reason, it’s important to check your blood pressure on a regular basis, at least once a year. If you have risk factors for high blood pressure, including being overweight, sedentary or if you have a family history of hypertension or heart disease, you should have it checked more often.

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