RAPID CITY, S.D. – Regional Health is offering free blood pressure screenings at the Rushmore Mall on Saturday, May 18, part of National Blood Pressure Awareness Month. The screenings will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The screening is funded through the South Dakota Department of Health Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
More than one in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure. Controlling high blood pressure is a key way to prevent heart attack and stroke. Early detection is key, and high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable.
“High blood pressure is often called the silent killer, because most of the time there are no signs or symptoms to alert the person that their blood pressure is high. This is why routine screening is so important to monitor your blood pressure,” said Sheila Long, RN, BSN CCRP, Stroke Coordinator, Clinical Effectiveness.