Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
May Is Blood Pressure Awareness Month: Contact Weigel Health Center for Free Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
May is blood pressure awareness month, and it is important to know your numbers when it comes to your blood pressure. Once again, Weigel Health Center is offering free ambulatory blood pressure monitoring for the end of the semester. Because it is such a busy time of year, we are extending this offer through the end of June.
While blood pressure can change from minute to minute with changes in posture, exercise, stress, or sleep, it should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over. About one in three (33.5%) U.S. adults has high blood pressure; however, a single high reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure.
Even if your blood pressure is normal, you should consider making lifestyle modifications to prevent the development of high blood pressure and improve your heart health.
Start now and do your part by taking an active role in your health care. Call Julie Nichols, a nurse practitioner with Weigel Health Center, at ext. 6711 to ask any questions you may have or to set up an appointment. Tests will be scheduled Monday–Thursday only, and it is important to wear a loose-fitting shirt the day of testing. A disclaimer form must be completed the day of testing.