The South Dakota Department of Health partnered with Regional Health Services to produce an informative video on how to get an accurate blood pressure measurement. The video highlights how little differences, such as arm position, crossed legs, and having five minutes of “quiet time” prior to the measurement, can add up to make a big difference in getting an accurate reading.
February is American Heart Month and a great time to remind everyone that heart disease is the leading cause of death. Of all deaths in South Dakota in 2016, 22 percent (1,732) were caused by heart disease. Stroke was the sixth leading cause of death in South Dakota with 420 deaths. One of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke is high blood pressure. This fact emphasizes the importance of getting an accurate blood pressure measurement.
Please share the video with those who take blood pressure measurements. It serves as a great reminder, especially during American Heart Month.
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Click here to access awareness and prevention campaign materials available through the South Dakota Department of Health.