Heart Health Promotion
CHOLESTEROL and BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS ARE RETURNING!
Our community cholesterol and blood pressure testing clinics, which were suspended last year due to COVID-19, will be returning this summer. Cholesterol tests are now free! Watch this page for upcoming clinic dates and locations.
Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Testing
Want to lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes? Start by finding out your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and understanding what they mean. The Health District offers free cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure testing at convenient community locations each month.
Adults should be tested every three to five years or more, depending on risk.
Our cholesterol test uses state-of-the-art equipment and requires only a simple finger-stick blood sample for immediate, accurate results.
Results for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, blood glucose and blood pressure are available within 25 minutes. A registered nurse will explain your results and offer health information. Ask our registered nurses questions about your heart-disease risk and discuss steps for leading a heart-healthy life.
An 8-hour fast is required for best results. Medications are permitted. Drinking water is encouraged.
Improving Blood Pressure Program
The Health District is offering a free service to our clients who want to improve their blood pressure!
In our no-cost telephone or telehealth sessions, our Heart Health Promotion registered nurses will help you take steps to improve your health.
High blood pressure is a common, dangerous, and controllable condition. It affects over 46% of American adults, yet only about half of these 78 million people with hypertension have the condition under control.
Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, and even dementia—but these are often preventable when safe blood pressure levels are achieved and maintained. (Million Hearts.HHS.gov)
High blood pressure can be improved by medications, a healthy lifestyle, and an effective partnership with a health-care provider to identify and address challenges in blood pressure control.
Work with a nurse to:
- Learn about blood pressure basics
- Begin to monitor and record your blood pressure at home
- Learn about blood pressure medications
- Gain confidence in measuring your blood pressure and share your record with your health-care provider
- Prepare for effective discussions with your provider about your blood pressure and treatment options
- Learn about heart-healthy nutrition and physical activity
Interested? Have a conversation with Cheri Nichols, RN, to learn more and sign up! 970-224-5209