Blood pressure station offered
HUNTINGTON — One in three adults has high blood pressure, and only half of those that know they do have it under control. Many more don’t know they have high blood pressure, which can lead to a sudden heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss and sexual dysfunction.
However, one of the easiest ways to monitor overall heart health is by checking blood pressure frequently and knowing your numbers in addition regular appointments with a primary care doctor.
The West Virginia University Extension Service has made it easier for local residents to check their blood pressure with a self-monitoring station in Cabell County. Anyone can come in to the WVU Extension Service office at 750 Fifth Ave., Room 309 in Huntington, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., follow the instructions, get your numbers, take information and be on your way. It’s free and no appointment is necessary.
The Extension Service offers a few key tips to note about getting an accurate reading.
n While exercise is great, it could potentially cause an inaccurate reading, so wait 30 minutes after exercising to check your blood pressure.
n Avoid smoking, eating heavy meals and drinking caffeinated beverages before your reading.
n Wearing clothing with sleeves that are easily rolled up is necessary to place the cuff against the skin to get an accurate reading as well.
There will be a heart health open house at the Extension office from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 to promote the new station. Light, heart-healthy refreshments will be served.
Call the WVU Cabell County Extension Service office at 304-526-8458 for questions regarding the program in Cabell County. Additional locations around the state can be found at https://extension.wvu.edu/food-health/heart-health/blood-pressure-stations.
This program is sponsored by a grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.