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
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
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
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.