McLaren Thumb Region is Offering Free Blood Pressure Screenings in Recognition of American Heart Month

In recognition of American Heart Month, McLaren Thumb Region is offering a free blood pressure screening on Thursday, February 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the hospital's front lobby.

A high blood pressure left untreated can lead to health conditions such as stroke and heart disease. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart.

Pre-registration is not required to participate in the blood pressure screening. Participants will be asked to fill out a form at the time of the screening. McLaren Thumb Region Hospital is located at 1100 S. Van Dyke Rd., Bad Axe, MI

Prior to your blood pressure screening, McLaren Thumb Region recommends these tips for the most accurate results:

  • Fast for 30 minutes prior to your screening, avoid alcohol or caffeine during the fast as well
  • Be sure to empty your bladder before you screen your blood pressure
  • While waiting, find a chair with back support to sit in for at least 5 minutes before your screening
  • While sitting, before and during your screening, have both feet flat on the floor, be sure to keep your legs uncrossed
  • Rest your arm on a table at chest height during the screening
  • Avoid talking while your blood pressure is being measured
Registered nurse and education coordinator, Christina Woods, says a blood pressure screening is an easy but important test.

"There are often no symptoms associated with high blood pressure. An accurate reading gives the patient and doctor clearer insight to any risk of heart disease," said Christina Woods, RN. "A blood pressure screening is a standard and easy reading; it's quick and non-invasive."

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