Free blood pressure screenings for all Augusta University employees

by Giovanna Fabbri

Employee Health will host free blood pressure screenings for all Augusta University employees from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Feb. 28 at their satellite location, BA 1343, in the AU Medical Center.

High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition that can increase the risk for health problems including heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 million American adults suffer from high blood pressure, an equivalent of one in every three adults.

Major risk factors detected by the American Heart Association are:

  • Family history
  • Age: the older you are, the more chances to develop high blood pressure
  • Race: African-Americans tend to develop high blood pressure more often than people of any other racial background
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Unhealthy diet and being overweight
  • Alcohol or tobacco in excess
  • Stress

This disease is considered a silent killer, so even if you don’t have any of these risk factors, get your blood pressure checked anyway.

When: Feb. 28 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Where: Satellite Location (BA 1343), AU Medical Center

For more information, email Frances Toole.

Like
Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
Staff
Written by
Staff

Augusta University Staff is a collection of talented writers, photographers, students and professionals; all working together to promote and support the amazing impacts and every day wins of Augusta University and the people that make up JagNation.

View all articles
Staff Written by Staff

Jagwire is your source for news and stories from Augusta University and AU Health. Daily updates highlight the many ways students, faculty, staff, researchers and clinicians "bring their A games" in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state of Georgia.

Read on for stories of innovation in education and health care, opportunities at the center of Georgia’s new cybersecurity hub, and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities and the health sciences.