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Peninsula Home Care Provides Preventative Power Through Free Blood Pressure Screenings during Heart Month

Published on - February 4, 2016

SALISBURY, MD – Almost half of all Americans have at least one of three key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or the use of tobacco products. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, it CAN be prevented.  Peninsula Home Care is helping by offering free blood pressure screenings throughout the month of February – National Heart Month.

“Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke,” said Nancy Bagwell, Peninsula Home Care Area Director of Operations. “We know that people with high blood pressure are three times more likely to die from heart disease compared to those with normal blood pressure. But successfully managing and controlling blood pressure doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You can take small, manageable steps and make changes to your lifestyle that not only help your heart’s health but your overall health as well.”

High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having regular blood pressure checks is important. Peninsula Home Care is offering free weekly blood pressure screenings in Maryland and Delaware to all community members.

PHC Free Blood Pressure Screenings

1st Monday of the Month

Bridgeville Senior Center

414 Market St., Bridgeville, DE

1st Tuesday of the Month

Pocomoke – MAC Multi-Service Senior Center

400 Walnut St., #B, Pocomoke City, MD

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Berlin Senior Center

10129 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin, MD

3rd Tuesday of the Month

Laurel Senior Center

113 N Central Ave., Laurel, DE

Last Tuesday of the Month

Snow Hill Senior Center

4767 Snow Hill Rd., Snow Hill, MD

2nd Friday of the Month

Nanticoke Senior Center

1001 West Locust St., Seaford, DE

 

While some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as age and family history, steps can be taken to lower the risk by changing factors that can be controlled.

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting enough physical activity
  • Not smoking or using other forms of tobacco
  • Limiting alcohol use

“Our staff pays very close attention to signs and symptoms and educates each patient about risk factors and steps they can take to control any and all health conditions, including heart disease,” added Bagwell. “When you see our team out in the community visiting patients you won’t miss them. They will be wrapped in a warm red Peninsula Home Care scarf that will serve as a reminder that February is National Heart Month – a time to make heart health a priority.” 


About Peninsula Home Care

Providing care for more than 30 years, Peninsula Home Care, in Salisbury, Maryland, ensures that all patients are involved in their plan of care and strives to give them every opportunity to maintain their independence in the home. The agency has served more than 39,000 patients on Delmarva and was designated as a Peninsula Regional Medical Center preferred home care provider in 2017.  For more information, visit www.peninsulahomecare.com.

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