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Free Blood Pressure Screenings for World Hypertension Day
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In recognition of World Hypertension Day, Kaiser Permanente gassed-up their mobile health vehicle and headed to Upper Marlboro to provide free blood pressure screenings to County employees on Tuesday, May 31st.

The vehicle provided blood pressure screenings to all County employees, retirees, their dependents and community residents.  The blood pressure screenings will be held from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in front of the County Administration Building.

Hypertension is a term used to describe high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. Blood pressure readings are measured in millimeters of mercury and usually given as two numbers. For example, 120 over 80, one or both of these numbers can be too high.The top number is your systolic pressure and the bottom number is your diastolic pressure.Pre-hypertension may be considered when your:

  • Top number is between 120 and 139 most of the time, or
  • Bottom number is between 80 and 89 most of the time

Many factors can affect blood pressure, including:

  • How much water and salt you have in your body
  • The condition of your kidneys, nervous system, or blood vessels
  • The levels of different body hormones

Things You Can Do to Avoid Hypertension:

  • Don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product.
  • Lose weight if you're overweight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat.
  • Limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Try relaxation techniques or biofeedback.

 

For More Information Contact:

Christy A. Lipscomb

Press Information Officer

Office of the County Executive

(240) 508-1989

 

 
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