BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Did you know 37% of Alabamians report having high blood pressure? That’s why one campaign is encouraging people to monitor their blood pressure and lead a heart-healthy life.
Over 30% of all deaths in Alabama are caused by heart disease or stroke. That’s more than 16,000 Alabamians each year.
One way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease is by lowering your blood pressure which can be monitored by your doctor or at home. The more readings you get, the more information your healthcare provider has to treat hypertension.
The American Heart Association and the Alabama AHA are teaming up with the #CheckItBham social media campaign to encourage regular screenings for hypertension. You can find information on the AHA website or through the Alabama AHA social media pages here or here.