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February is Renton Heart Month

January 24, 2012

For more information contact:
Mark Peterson
, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator, Fire & Emergency Services, 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Be smart - take care of your heart

City offers free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings

RENTON: During the month of February the City of Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department will be conducting its annual “Heart Month” Renton Heart Month 120community outreach program at various locations throughout the city. The program offers free preventative screenings to the public that include blood pressure and blood sugar checks. This year the annual Renton Heart Month campaign has an added emphasis on reaching out to Renton’s diverse populations.

“I encourage residents to help reduce the risks of heart disease by taking advantage of the free screenings that are being made available as part of our month-long promotion,” said Mayor Denis Law.

Throughout the month of February Renton Firefighter/EMT’s will perform the free screenings as they visit various Renton schools, businesses, and community groups. In addition, firefighters and staff from Valley Medical Center will offer these vital services at a number of culturally diverse locations in Renton, including Fairwood and East Plateau neighborhoods. These locations include DK Market, St. Anthony’s Church, the Sikh Temple, and the Ukrainian Community Center, among others.

The campaign is designed to increase public awareness about heart health and related cardiovascular conditions. Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke and high blood pressure, continue to be our nation’s number one killer.

Last year the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department performed over 7,000 screenings during the month of February. Of those screened, 860 people were found to have high blood pressure and 624 people had elevated to dangerous blood sugar levels. People who were at risk were encouraged to see their doctor in order to address the risk and help prevent future medical complications.

For more information visit rentonwa.gov or call 425-430-7000.