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Posted on: February 6, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) 'Take Time to Love Your Heart’ Feb. 14

Love Your Heart

This Valentine’s Day take time to love your heart! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) is proudly participating in American Heart Month to prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects. Take time to “love your heart” so you can enjoy all of life’s precious moments, Tuesday, February 14, at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, 500 E. Front Ave., Bismarck. BBPH will host a free blood pressure screening event on-site from 8:30 to 11:30 A.M. No appointments necessary.

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health wants to help everyone live longer, healthier lives and provides this opportunity on Valentine’s Day to educate the public on the importance of “Knowing Your Numbers” to prevent chronic disease. “Blood pressure is an important number for all to know,” said Renae Moch, Director of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health. “High blood pressure often has no symptoms and is considered a silent condition which over time, can damage your heart and other organs. We are encouraging individuals to have their blood pressure screened with us today and learn about the importance of maintaining normal blood pressure.”

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

•Watch your weight.

•Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.

•Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

•If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

•Get active and eat healthy.

For more information, contact Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health at 701-355-1540.

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