They probably won’t be tucked on the bookshelf between Bla- and Blu-, but Warren Memorial Library patrons can now check out blood pressure cuffs, thanks to a partnership with the American Heart Association.
The library has five self-monitoring blood pressure kits – available in English and Spanish, available for checkout for those with library cards, according to Library Director Christy Bondy.
“The blood pressure cuffs are a great addition to the library,” Bondy said in a statement.
“We are thrilled to partner with the American Heart Association in our efforts to build and support a strong and healthy community. Libraries have increasingly added health literacy initiatives to their resources and services. The aim of this project is to create informed individuals who can work with their health care provider to determine the best treatment of better overall health.”
Nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension, yet don’t even know it. Left undetected or uncontrolled, high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Small changes can make a big difference, including taking your blood pressure daily from home. It’s a proven way to monitor and control blood pressure in between regular doctor visits.
Blood pressure kits check out for three weeks with two possible renewals.
Take note, however: the blood pressure kits must NOT be dropped off in the outside receptacles – they must be returned inside the library during library hours of operation.
The Warren County Memorial Library is located at 119 S. Front St. Warrenton.
For more information about the blood pressure cuffs, visit www.wcmlibrary.org.