Free screening

The Heart Health Centre will
conduct free blood pressure screening on Tuesday, 25 May, from 11am to 2pm in
the lobby of Foster’s Food Fair at the Strand.

This screening is a part of the
Heart Health Centre’s community education and awareness programme and was
planned specifically to occur during the internationally recognised Blood
Pressure Education and Awareness month in May.

“High blood pressure is often a
symptomless condition that affects many people, primarily adults, although children
may also be affected,” said Jacqueline L. Ebanks, director of The Heart Health

“Over a period of time, high blood
pressure affects the arteries and veins and also the way that a person’s heart
functions,” she added.

Untreated high blood pressure can
cause a number of serious complications to various systems of the body
including the brain, the heart, and kidneys.

“Just as having your blood pressure
checked is necessary to know if it falls within the recommended range,” Ms
Ebank said. “Regular checks are also important to persons who have already been
diagnosed with high blood pressure to ensure that their blood pressure is being
optimally controlled and to guide any lifestyle or medical management necessary.”