The American Heart Association recently installed a new blood pressure monitoring kiosk at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center (HRCHC) in Portsmouth located at 664 Lincoln Street. The center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am – 5pm and Wednesday from 8am – 7pm. New blood pressure guidelines were released in 2017 that define high blood pressure beginning at 130/80. 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.
Community members are encouraged to use the kiosk and register for the free American Heart Association’s online blood pressure control tracker called Check. Change. Control. Once a user enrolls, they are reminded to regularly check their 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 and reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other dangers of uncontrolled high blood pressure. Sign up for the Check. Change. Control. program here using the code OPT18.
This is the first blood pressure kiosk the American Heart Association has installed in the Hampton Roads area. Placing this kiosk at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center makes blood pressure monitoring simple and ongoing for members of our community. In the seven cities, over 578,000 adults or 34% of the total population are living with high blood pressure. This is equivalent to the number of people who can fit on 117 naval aircraft carriers.
Hampton Roads Community Health Center Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Willis, says “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.”