Start With Your Heart

High Blood Pressure Education Month and American Stroke Month

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. About 1 in 3 or 2.7 million North Carolina adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure by a health care professional. Another 1 in 3 may be at risk for high blood pressure. High blood pressure causes or contributes to at least 1 in 4 deaths in North Carolina each year. High Blood Pressure Education Month aims to save lives by increasing awareness and educating the public about cardiovascular risks and how to prevent them.

By encouraging everyone to take at least one heart healthy action today, we can raise awareness of and potentially reduce high blood pressure across the state. Getting your blood pressure checked for the first time this year, asking someone you love to get their blood pressure checked or even going for a long walk can help. By coming together and taking action, we hope to help North Carolinians get, and keep, their blood pressure under control and reduce their risk for heart attack and stroke.



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