RGH and partners to offer free blood pressure screenings
, 2014

RGH and partners to offer
free blood pressure screenings

In an ongoing effort to raise awareness and education surrounding heart disease, particularly in women, Rappahannock General Hospital (RGH) urges folks to know their numbers

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Blood pressure and cholesterol are two of the strongest predictors of heart disease risk, making it important to stay on top of screenings and tests in these areas, said marketing and public relations coordinator Joanna Marchetti.

A person with hypertension is almost twice as likely to have a heart attack as someone with normal blood pressure, while a high ratio of bad to good cholesterol can triple a person’s risk, said Marchetti.

As February is the American Heart Association’s Heart Month and February 1 is National Go Red for Women Day, RGH will provide free blood pressure screenings open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, February 1, at the Kilmarnock Walmart store.

From 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, RGH will conduct a free blood pressure screening at the Northern Neck Family YMCA at 39 Billy Graham Circle in Kilmarnock.

Both screenings are open to the public, said Marchetti. They will be conducted by a registered nurse from RGH, who will perform the screenings, provide information and answer questions.

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