Free blood pressure screenings to be offered Feb. 17

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Heart disease remains the top killer of women ages 20 and older, killing about one woman every minute. In honor of February being American Heart Month, Penn State’s Center for Women Students is sponsoring free blood pressure screenings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center. The blood pressure screenings, which are open to the community, will be conducted by students from Penn State’s College of Nursing.

“More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer,” said Jennifer Pencek, programming coordinator of the Center for Women Students. “Heart disease is something that impacts people of all ages. The Center for Women Students believes everyone should take steps in learning more about heart disease and feel empowered by knowing their own medical information, including blood pressure readings and take steps to be as heart healthy as possible.”

While the traditional college student might feel blood pressure screenings and heart health do not apply to them, Pencek said people do not always know when they are at risk for heart disease and other medical issues.

“It is never too early to take steps to improve your life, including when it comes to health,” Pencek said. “Whether it be learning and discussing family medical history to learning what your own blood pressure reading is, it is always better to take proactive steps to improve your life than to wait for something negative to happen.”

Along with receiving personalized blood pressure readings, participants will also be able to leave with materials about heart health and other information.

To learn more, visit the Center for Women Students at www.studentaffairs.psu.edu/womenscenter or call 814-863-2027. The Center for Women Students is located in 204 Boucke Building.

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Last Updated February 17, 2014