The American Heart Association installed a new blood pressure monitoring kiosk at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center (HRCHC) in Portsmouth. American Heart Association, community leaders and HRCHC staff were on hand at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The newly installed public blood pressure kiosk will make monitoring blood pressure simple and accessible for Portsmouth area residents.
Thursday’s ceremony included guidance to community members on how to use the kiosk and register for the American Heart Association’s online blood pressure control tracker called Check. Change. Control. Once a user enrolls, they are encouraged to regularly monitor blood pressure, which can be done by returning to the kiosk. They will receive important tips and feedback along the way to help improve their blood pressure readings.
This is the first blood pressure kiosk the American Heart Association has installed in the Hampton Roads area. American Heart Association board chair Tracey Copeland says “Placing this kiosk at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center makes blood pressure monitoring simple and ongoing for members of our community.Blood pressure is an extremely important number for people to know in order to gain control of their health. Knowing your blood pressure and utilizing online AHA resources like Check. Change. Control. puts you in control of managing your blood pressure.”
Hampton Roads Community Health Center Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Willis, says “Our center is proud to be supporting this kiosk. We think about the fact that almost half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure and realize these are our families, friends and neighbors. Through this kiosk, we are building a community health resource by providing individuals with the free tools they need to improve their health right here in Portsmouth.”
According to new blood pressure guidelines released in 2017 that define high blood pressure beginning at 130/80, nearly half (46 percent) of U.S. adults may have high blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. It’s sometimes called the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms. Improving access to blood pressure monitoring tools and education can help more Americans manage high blood pressure.
For more information about controlling high blood pressure and other healthy living tips, visit www.heart.org.