Love Your Heart
San Diego County has embarked on a year-long "Love Your Heart" campaign designed to help residents take charge of their own health. Recommendations include talking to your doctor, tapping into County and community resources to get moving, eating healthier and avoiding smoking. Now, on top of that, we are asking residents to get their blood pressure checked regularly and to "know your numbers".
We have all heard that knowledge is power. In the case of heart health, knowing your blood pressure numbers is absolutely crucial.
On February 14th – Valentine's Day – we kicked off the year-long "Love Your Heart" campaign by offering FREE blood pressure screenings. Residents were able to have their blood pressure checked for free at 15 County sites across the region, including all County Public Health Centers. We checked 1,348 peoples blood pressure.
While that event is now over, blood pressure checks are still available at many retail pharmacies, shopping centers and through healthcare providers. Make sure to keep your own record of blood pressure check results.
For the first time in two centuries, children in America may live shorter lives than their parents due to chronic disease. Getting your blood pressure checked is one of the best ways residents can take charge of their health and is the first step on maintaining or improving heart health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing one person every minute. In San Diego County, it has dropped to second place, next to cancer, but there is still much work to be done. Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a family history of heart disease all can put an individual at greater risk.
The "Love Your Heart" campaign is part of the county's Live Well, San Diego! initiative, which strives to improve the health, safety, and economic well-being of every resident in the region. For this program to succeed, we need you to take part. So, over the next year, please make an extra effort to get your blood pressure checked regularly and to "know your numbers".