ALTON — In recognition of National High Blood Pressure Month, residents will be able to have their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose numbers checked at discounted rates on Tuesday, May 27, in the front lobby of Saint Anthony’s Health Center at 1 Saint Anthony’s Way, and Thursday, May 29, in the lobby of Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 E. Fifth St. Screening times each day are 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The discounted screening fee for cholesterol and glucose is $5. Blood pressure screenings are free.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in three Americans — an estimated 67 million — have high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States.
The CDC notes that 69 percent of people who have a first heart attack, 77 percent of people who have a first stroke, and 74 percent of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is also a major risk factor for kidney disease.
The fingerstick screening at Saint Anthony’s includes glucose, total and HDL cholesterol levels as well as the total/HDL ratio.
For information on the blood pressure/cholesterol screenings or information about early heart attack care or stroke, call (618) 465-2264.