Blood Pressure Monitoring Program
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a very prevalent condition that contributes to significant adverse health outcomes, including premature deaths, heart attacks, kidney disease and stroke. The US Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF) found good evidence that blood pressure measurement can identify adults at increased risk for cardiovascular disease due to high blood pressure, and that treatment of high blood pressure in adults substantially decreases the incidence of cardiovascular events.
There is a common misconception that people with high blood pressure, will experience symptoms such as headache, nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping or facial flushing. The truth is that hypertension does not usually cause symptoms, which is why it is referred to as “the silent killer”. Everyone needs to know his or her blood pressure numbers, and everyone needs to prevent high blood pressure from developing.
Pomperaug Health District offers free* blood pressure monitoring on a walk-in basis.
The Public Health Nurse is a professional Registered Nurse. She will monitor blood pressure and provide health counseling and guidance as needed, regarding blood pressure and other health issues.
Blood Pressure monitoring is also included during cholesterol clinics (there is a fee for cholesterol monitoring).