REIDLAND, KY (KFVS) - Mercy Primary Care in Reidland, Ky. is providing free blood pressure cuffs for qualifying patients.
According to Lourdes, The Purchase Area Health Department purchased 100 cuffs for Mercy Primary Care - Reidland to distribute to qualified patients.
Cari Wildharber, APRN, attended a conference in Washington, D.C. that addressed the importance of self-measured or home blood pressure monitoring.
"We are excited to work with the Purchase District Health Department in handing out these blood pressure cuffs to qualified patients who have uncontrolled or new onset hypertension," says Cari Wildharber, Mercy Primary Care – Reidland. "Untreated hypertension is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and many others. Studies show about 1 in 3 adults in the United States have high blood pressure and nearly half of those people don't have their blood pressure controlled."
Hypertension is usually is defined as a blood pressure above 120/80, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 170/100.
Risk factors include family history, gender, race, being overweight or obese, not being physically active, smoking, a high-fat diet, too much salt of sodium in your diet, drinking too much alcohol and stress.