Health

Love Your Heart on February 14

Video by James Kecskes
Getting a blood pressure check is a simple step to take for good heart health. This young man knows how important it is after unexpectedly suffering a stroke at a young age.

It’s February – the time of year when our attention turns to matters of the heart. What better time to get your blood pressure checked?

On Thursday, Feb. 14, people can get their blood pressure checked for free at any of nearly 300 locations across the U.S. and Mexico for Love Your Heart Day. Many faith-based organizations are getting in on the action by hosting blood pressure checks this weekend on Feb. 9 and 10.

“This yearly event offers residents a free opportunity to get their blood pressure checked, which is a great first step for heart health,” said Supervisor Greg Cox of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Love Your Heart is a regional effort that involves an ever-growing number of partners coming together for health and wellness.”

Residents can call 2-1-1 or go to loveyourheartsd.org for the nearest screening location. Locations include fire stations, libraries, community centers, health clinics, houses of worship, businesses and County facilities, among others.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County. In 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, more than 4,800 people died from diseases of the heart in San Diego County.

“Love Your Heart is one of the many initiatives the County and its partners are working on together to build a healthier future for families and children in San Diego County,” said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “Our message is simple: A few minutes taking this free screening can add years on to your life.”

Last year, more than 36,600 people got their blood pressure checked for Love Your Heart Day.

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