Bigelow Tea Health and Wellness Importance of Blood Pressure Screenings

Bigelow Tea Health and Wellness
Bigelow Tea Health and Wellness

Importance of Blood Pressure Screenings

About 1 in 3 U.S. adults-as estimated 68 million-have high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States.

High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don't realize they have it. That's why it's important to get your blood pressure checked regularly.

If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, be sure to get it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20. If your blood pressure is higher, your doctor may want to check it more often. High blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes or medication. After age 65, women have a higher risk of high blood pressure than men, and African-American adults of all ages have a higher-than-average risk.

As part of the Be Health Tea program, blood pressure screenings are offered in the three locations.   Having the screenings on-site is a convenient way for employees to keep track of blood pressure and seek treatment as needed.

Boise and Fairfield offer screenings on a quarterly basis, while Louisville's are on a monthly basis.  Participation in Boise averages about 20 employees, Fairfield is about 40 employees per quarter and Louisville runs about 35 employees per month.

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