Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The Center for Disease Control reports that hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke which are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States resulting in nearly 1,000 deaths daily and a direct cost of almost $141 billion annually.
In response to this public health issue, United Way RSVP provides a free blood pressure screening and hypertension education program to help people know what their blood pressure is, learn about hypertension and provides free educational materials. Registered nurses who are volunteers with the United Way RSVP program provide the free blood pressure checks and education.
The Free Blood Pressure Screening is provided at 12 regular sites monthly throughout the community which include Wausau, Edgar and Marathon. The sites are located at nonprofit agencies such as Neighbor’s Place and Salvation Army, at local churches and at senior living apartments. All sites are open to the public. In addition, the free blood pressure screening and education is provided at health fairs and other events in the community.
In recognition of Heart Month, United Way RSVP is presenting Healthy Heart, Better Life, a program on heart health. The program will be held on Monday, February 24, from 10:30 -12:00 Noon in the Medallion Room at Aspirus Hospital. The program will include presentations by Aspirus staff on the topics of nutrition and exercise and on heart disease and treatments and how cardiac surgery impacts and improves lives.
To register for this free event or for information on the free blood pressure program call United Way RSVP at 715-298-5721.
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