Free blood pressure checks at NEA Baptist

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  May is National High Blood Pressure month and the festivities were in full swing Thursday at Northeast Arkansas Baptist Hospital.

People dropped by the hospital and rolled up their sleeves to get a blood pressure check on the house. Those who got their blood pressure checked got a sticker, educational material, and were entered into a drawing; for those putting the event on, it was about much more than that.

COO at NEA Baptist Hospital, Lexanne Horton, said, "there's all kinds of down stream health effects of having high blood pressure. It can lead to kidney disease and obviously this is an indication of heart disease. So, getting it under control can prolong your health, prolong your life, improve your health and it's one of the single most important factors in improving health."

The CDC says high blood pressure affects one in three Americans. One in five Americans do not realize they have the condition.

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