Health notes: Adults aren't checking blood pressure enough, survey finds
Adults aren't checking blood pressure enough, survey finds
New findings from the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association show that while 103 million American adults have high blood pressure, 80% of them aren’t checking it often enough. The April 3-11 survey of 1,001 adults also found that:
• 4 in 10 Americans don’t know their blood pressure.
• 64% of Americans can’t identify an “elevated” or hypertensive blood pressure number.
• Nearly half of high-risk Americans aren’t worried about heart attack or stroke.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can result in heart attack and stroke, the leading causes of death nationally. For more information go to heart.org.
Nurses to get recognition during National Nurses Week
The state Health Department will recognize more than 300 public health nurses who work in county health departments and at the central office in Oklahoma City during National Nurses Week this week.
Public health nurses work to improve the health outcomes of entire populations rather than just one patient at a time. In many communities, they are the first line of defense to prevent illness and injury, and they are leaders in improving the quality of care and access to care through health policy advocacy.
“They are educators and advocates of health and wellness. We want Oklahomans to appreciate the full range of public health nurses’ contributions to their communities,” said Ann Benson, director of the health department's nursing service.
For more information about public health nursing positions, go to jobs.ok.gov and filter by the State Department of Health.
Volunteers sought for free healthcare event at SWOSU
Volunteers are being recruited for a Remote Area Medical free clinic July 13 and 14 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The clinic is sponsored by the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma and hosted by SWOSU's College of Pharmacy Rural Health Center.
RAM Oklahoma is a free healthcare event for those in need of care they cannot afford. Patients are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Services will include free dental, vision and medical care.
Coordinator Randy Curry said the event already has 123 medical officer volunteers signed up, but needs additional dentists and optometrists. Approximately 100 non-medical volunteers also are needed each day. Civic organizations, church groups an individuals are welcome. To volunteer, contact Curry at 580-774-3760 or email@example.com.
More information is available at www.ramusa.org.