DO YOU LOVE YOUR HEART?

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Free Blood Pressure Screenings Around County On Feb. 13

East County News Service

February 13, 2015 (San Diego)--County officials and community partners kick off Love Your Heart Day to help residents take charge of their health by offering free blood pressure screenings throughout San Diego County on Friday, February 13. The blood pressure screenings will be offered to adults at more than 200 locations. For a list of locations, call 2-1-1 or visit www.loveyourheartsd.org.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one of every four deaths. Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a family history of heart disease can put an individual at greater risk of dying.

As part of the County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego initiative, as well as American Heart Health Month, the County wants everyone to love their heart, and know their numbers by getting their blood pressure checked. There are other steps people can take to prevent heart disease, among them:

Watch your weight

Quit smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke

Lower your cholesterol and sodium intake

If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

Increase the amount of physical activity in your life

Manage stress