|Description:||This photograph was taken during a blood pressure (BP) screening exercise that was being conducted by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nurses in order to help employees monitor their blood pressure. In this particular view, a civilian employee, Shonia Zollicoffer, was seated opposite United States Public Health Service (USPHS), Cmdr. Amy Valderrama, while Cmdr. Valderrama had placed a BP cuff, or sphygmomanometer, around Ms. Zollicoffer’s right upper arm, in order to obtain a blood pressure reading. Note the stethoscope the Commander was using to assist her in recording the patient’s BP.|
High blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 adults in the United States have high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Million Hearts™ seeks to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years by empowering Americans to make heart-healthy lifestyle choices, and improve care for those needing treatment. Learn more by following the link below to the Million Hearts™ website.
Sponsored by the CDC’s Office of Women’s Health, the Association of Professional Women, and the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, screenings are held each year in observance of National Women’s Health Week, May 13th – 19th, during the National High Blood Pressure Education Month of May, as well as National Nurses Week, May 6th – 12th, and on National Employee Health and Fitness Day, May 18th.