CHANS Home Health Care is pleased to offer free community-based blood pressure clinics. The clinics will be held at the following times and locations:
• Monday, April 9 11am-12noon Westrum House, 22 Union Street, Topsham
• Tuesday, April 10 2-3pm Dike’s Landing, Bath Housing, 20 Dike’s Landing Road, Bath
• Tuesday, April 10 5-6pm Bath United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Ave., Bath
• Wed., April 18 10-11:30am Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, 84A Union Street, Brunswick
• Thursday, April 19 11:30am-1pm People Plus, 35 Union Street, Brunswick
• Friday, April 27 9:30-10:30am Pejepscot Terrace, 36 Pejepscot Terrace, Brunswick
The National Institutes of Health recommends screening adults for high blood pressure every two years for anyone with blood pressure of 120/80 mmHg or less. If you have high blood pressure or prehypertension you should have your blood pressure checked at least once every year.
Most people cannot tell if their blood pressure is high because there are usually no symptoms. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. If you have high blood pressure, regular blood pressure measurements can help determine if your medication and diet are working.
Low blood pressure may be a sign of a variety of illnesses, including heart failure, infection, gland disorders, and dehydration.
For more information about the blood pressure clinics please call CHANS Home Health Care at (207) 729-6782.
Blood pressure screening is also available at Mid Coast Hospital, Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – Noon in the Community Resource Room near the Emergency Department.