Health

County, Partners Offer Free Blood Pressure Screenings on Feb. 14

It’s February – the season for thinking about matters of the heart. Today, County officials and community partners kicked off the third annual Love Your Heart campaign to help residents take charge of their own health by offering free blood pressure screenings on Valentine’s Day.

On Feb. 14 residents can have their blood pressure checked by dropping in at any of more than 200 locations across the region, including fire stations, libraries, community centers, health clinics, businesses and County facilities, among other locations. Residents can call 2-1-1 or go to www.loveyourheartsd.org for the nearest screening location.

“Our message is simple: this Valentine’s Day, love your heart by getting a free blood pressure check,” said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, County Board of Supervisors. “It’s one of the easiest and most important steps you can do to take charge of your health.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County. Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a family history of heart disease can put an individual at greater risk.

“Heart disease is one of our most serious health risks,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts. “Working with our partners, the County is committed to helping residents live healthier and safer lives. Love Your Heart is a great example of those partnerships in action.”

More than 90 organizations are partnering with the County for Love Your Heart by hosting blood pressure screenings. The Love Your Heart campaign supports Live Well San Diego, the County’s ongoing initiative to improve the health and safety of residents in the region.

This is the third year the County and its partners are offering free blood pressure screenings on Valentine’s Day.

“Valentine’s Day is a strong reminder to get your blood pressure checked, especially if you have other health risks,” said Nick Macchione, Director of the County Health and Human Services Agency. “This year, thanks to the many partners who are working with us, there are screening locations in nearly every part of the county.”

Hours for each screening site vary. For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit the Love Your Heart webpage.

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact