Feeling the pressure? Knowing numbers can save your life

(Fosters.com) — Are you feeling the pressure because you don’t know your numbers? If you don’t know your numbers you should!

“Your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers are really important can help you keep your heart healthy,” says Registered Nurse Donna Chouinard, director of clinical services at The Homemakers Health Services.

Consider them to be heart health barometers; if they’re too high, you could get into trouble. If you don’t know your numbers don’t worry, The Homemakers Health Services will make it really easy for you to find out.

“The Homemakers Health Services has teamed up with NorDx Laboratories to launch a Feel the Pressure campaign. We’re gathering up our blood pressure cuffs and our cholesterol capabilities and we’re hitting the road to bring heart health awareness to you,” says LeeAnn Lajoie, community liaison with The Homemakers.

Throughout February — American Heart Health Month — members of The Homemakers professional health care teams will provide free blood pressure checks at select locations throughout Rockingham, Strafford and Carroll counties. In addition, NorDx will provide certificates for those participating in the blood pressure clinics to receive a complimentary cholesterol screening at any one of its Seacoast locations.

All participants of the blood pressure clinics will also receive a “Know Your Numbers” card from the NH Heart Association as well as informational materials regarding heart health.

“High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because there are no symptoms associated with it and most people are unaware that they have the condition,” says Chouinard. “It affects one in three adults in the Granite State; and left untreated, high blood pressure along with high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking accounts for 85 percent of our risk of having a heart attack or stroke which are the #1 causes of death in New Hampshire.”


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