The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, is excited to announce a new initiative that is being launched with Charleston County Public Libraries (CCPL).
Meeting people where they are is part of the American Heart Association’s guiding values, and because hypertension is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, patrons at – Edisto, McClellanville, and Hollywood Library branches will be able to check-out blood pressure cuffs and educational resources with clinical referrals.
Blood Pressure Kits can be checked out with a Charleston County Library card. The kits contain a blood pressure cuff, instructions, tracking information, and literature about managing blood pressure. The library patrons will have the opportunity to receive blood pressure monitoring education with a Community Health Worker who is employed by CCPL. In addition, the CCPL currently offers a telehealth program targeting women in rural areas as well as diabetes prevention classes for patrons.
Patrons will be able to meet with the CCPL’s Community Health Worker who can refer them to local clinics for primary and follow-up care.
“We are so excited to work with the AHA to begin lending Blood Pressure monitors to our patrons through our WISE Telehealth Program,” said Kathleen Montgomery, CCPL Associate Director, Community Engagement. “The AHA is an important and trusted information and educational resource in Charleston and is an ideal partner as we continue our mission of offering the community free and equitable access to vital resources.”
“Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure—many don’t even know they have it—being able to monitor your blood pressure is a big step in the right direction,” said Katie Schumacher, AHA Executive Director. “The goal of this collaboration is to help put an end to undiagnosed high blood pressure. By partnering with CCPL, we are reaching more South Carolinians to help them know their numbers and help prevent or control risks of stroke and heart disease.”
More than 75% of South Carolinians have some form of cardiovascular disease, and one in three adults with hypertension do not even realize they have it. Known as the silent killer, high blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors for stroke. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. Blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are considered within the normal range. If your results fall into this category, stick with heart-healthy habits like following a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. People with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control the condition. To learn more about the blood pressure kits and Charleston County Public Libraries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-408-3335 For more information on high blood pressure and stroke, visit www.heart.org
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