CHEYENNE, WY - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is offering free blood pressure checks on Feb. 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the hospital’s main lobby, 214 East 23rd St. Clinical staff from Cheyenne Cardiology Associates will take the readings and hand out free “know your numbers” wallet cards to each participant.
Cheyenne Regional is offering the checks to emphasize the link between high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease and to encourage people to know their numbers and get appropriate treatment if they have high blood pressure. The checks are also being offered to focus attention on heart disease prevention in February, which is American Heart Month.
High blood pressure means that the force of blood against a person’s artery walls is too strong, causing damage to the arteries, heart and kidneys.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States. It is also a major risk factor for congestive heart failure and kidney disease and can lead to vision loss, erectile dysfunction, memory loss, angina and peripheral artery disease.
High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms.
For more information about the event on Monday, please contact Cheyenne Cardiology Associates at 637-1600.