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Electronic Blood Pressure Monitors Now Available at Tulare County Libraries

 


Tulare County Library and Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) are collaborating to provide more than books to check out at the library. Patrons of Tulare County Branch Libraries can now check out electronic blood pressure kits to assist in keeping their high blood pressure under control.

“Our Lifetime of Wellness Program supports the American Heart Association’s Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017,” said Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County public health officer. “We launched the program because self-monitoring blood pressure at home can be helpful in controlling hypertension – regular results can be shared with your primary care physician to better manage high blood pressure.”

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, raises the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one of three adults in the United States have high blood pressure and only about half (52%) of those individuals have their blood pressure under control.

Blood pressure kits include an electronic blood pressure monitor, arm cuff, AC adaptor, a quick user’s guide, educational materials, a blood pressure wallet card for tracking your numbers, and a survey.

“Meeting our community’s information needs goes beyond books,” said Tulare County Librarian Darla Wegener. “That is why the library is so happy to be working with HHSA to provide access to blood pressure kits. Patrons can check out a kit to use at home or use one at the branch library to get on the road to a healthy life.”

Two kits, one for check-out and one for on-site use will be available at eight different Tulare County Public Branch Libraries during regular business hours, including:

• Alpaugh, 3816 Ave. 54

• Dinuba, 150 S. I St.

• Earlimart, 780 E. Washington

• Lindsay, 157 N. Mirage St.

• Orosi, 12646 Ave. 416

• Springville, 35800 Hwy. 190

• Strathmore, 19646 Rd. 230

• Visalia, 220 W. Oak

For more information about the electronic blood pressure kits, call (559) 624-8483, or the Visalia Library Circulation Desk at (559) 713-2711.

 

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