Heart Health Promotion
CHOLESTEROL and BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS ARE BACK!
Our community cholesterol and blood pressure testing clinics, which were suspended last year due to COVID-19, have retured! Cholesterol testing is now free! See below for upcoming clinic dates and locations.
Cholesterol Testing (and Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose)
Want to lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes? Find out your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and understand what they mean. The Health District offers free cholesterol testing at convenient community locations each month. We also measure your blood pressure and tell you your blood glucose levels, which can detect your risk for diabetes. You can also use these test results to help you and your health-care provider guide your blood pressure or cholesterol treatment.
Adults should be tested every three to five years or more, depending on risk.
We use accurate, state-of-the-art equipment requiring only a simple finger stick for our blood test. Cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure results are available within 25 minutes. Cholesterol results include total cholesterol, HDL. LDL, and triglycerides.
A registered nurse will explain your cholesterol testing 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 with our cholesterol blood test. 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