UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Team offering free blood pressure screenings in February

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UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Center team pictured front to back, Melanie Cobb, Rhonda Yachetta, Harleigh Moon, Julie Davidson, Tammara L.C. Hodges, Andrea Gilles, Hillary Widrig, Connie Moore, Karen Watson, Amy Roehrig, Brenda Fitzgerald and Morgan Olver. The heart team will offer free blood pressure screenings and patient education fact sheets during February for American Heart Month.

Submitted Photo UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Center team pictured front to back, Melanie Cobb, Rhonda Yachetta, Harleigh Moon, Julie Davidson, Tammara L.C. Hodges, Andrea Gilles, Hillary Widrig, Connie Moore, Karen Watson, Amy Roehrig, Brenda Fitzgerald and Morgan Olver. The heart team will offer free blood pressure screenings and patient education fact sheets during February for American Heart Month.

JAMESTOWN — The UPMC Chautauqua WCA heart center team is offering free blood pressure screenings during February for American Heart Month. The screenings will be held at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Cardiology Department, second floor, 207 Foote Ave., Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is not required. The heart team will provide easy-to-understand fact tip sheets on heart and stroke symptoms and prevention.

“An ounce of prevention can be the key to living a long and healthy life,” said Toni DeAngelo, RN, director, community health and wellness, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75 million American adults have high blood pressure — that’s one of every three adults. High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms so many people do not realize they have it. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked. Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless. We want to encourage residents to stop by the hospital to get their blood pressure checked and pick up the newest information on getting healthy and making the right choices to stay healthy.”

UPMC Chautauqua WCA and the Chautauqua Health Action Team (CHAT) will join forces in February to host Hands-Only CPR training and promote messages in the workplace that encourage heart healthy habits. “Chautauqua County has among the highest rates of heart attack and stroke deaths in New York state,” DeAngelo said. “We want to encourage employees make a pledge to commit to change by eliminating workplace candy jars, start a weekly walk, drink water instead of pop, take the stairs instead of the elevator or choose veggies instead of chips. Adopting one small change over a person’s lifetime increases the quality and years of healthy life.”

CHAT established a goal of preventing 250 heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in Chautauqua County in the coming year. More commonly recognized as CHQ250 initiative, 250 lives is county health partners’ commitment in helping the Million Hearts Initiative prevent a million heart attacks and strokes nationwide. For more information on UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Center, visit UPMCChautauquaWCA.org or call 664-8137.

About UPMC Community Benefits

Nearly 600 UPMC Chautauqua WCA residents received essential diagnostic information through screenings in 2016. Health screenings are a small part of the more than $892 million a year that UPMC provides in total IRS-defined community benefits, including more care to the Pittsburgh region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. Over the past five years, UPMC has dedicated nearly $4 billion to community-focused programs and services, making a substantial impact for the well-being of the people who live, work, learn and raise their families in Pennsylvania. The complete UPMC Community Benefits Report is available online at upmc.com.

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