High blood pressure is a silent killer. San Diego County offcials are using Valentine's Day to make you more aware of the danger and it's free.
The county is offering free blood pressure screenings in San Diego, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Ramona, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove and throughout the region from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To see your closest available center, click here or dial 211.
The free tests are part of the county's second annual “Love Your Heart” campaign to promote better health among residents.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and kills one person every minute. In San Diego County, it is the second leading cause of death. Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a family history of heart disease are risk factors.
“Heart disease remains one of our most serious health risks,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts, County Board of Supervisors. “You can strike back by getting your blood pressure checked regularly. It is one of the best ways residents can take charge of their health and the first step in maintaining or improving heart health.”
Organizations helping in offering the free blood pressure screenings include: Anthem, Kaiser Permanente, US HealthWorks, 2-1-1 San Diego, and fire stations from the City of San Diego, CAL FIRE, San Miguel Fire District and volunteer stations.