BARRON, Wis. — High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for heart attack and heart failure. To honor American Heart Month in February, get a free blood pressure check at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland clinic locations in Barron, Cameron, Chetek and Rice Lake.
No appointment is necessary. Simply ask a receptionist about a screening upon arrival. The free checks are available during regular clinic hours year-round.
One in three American adults has high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s an estimated 67 million people. Knowing your blood pressure numbers can help you maintain good health.
Anyone, including children, can develop high blood pressure. It usually has no warning signs or symptoms, so many people don’t realize they have it. High blood pressure increases risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke and dementia.
About 30 percent of American adults have prehypertension — blood pressure measurements that are higher than normal but not yet in the high blood pressure range. Having prehypertension raises your risk of developing high blood pressure.
To help maintain normal blood pressure levels, take the following steps:
- Get your blood pressure checked regularly. Talk to your doctor to determine the frequency that is best for you.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Be physically active.
- Limit alcohol use.
- Don’t smoke.
- Prevent or manage diabetes.
Go to mayoclinichealthsystem.org to view other wellness opportunities near you.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in 70 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.