From the Fire Chief; Blood Pressure Check

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Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas!

This month we would like to highlight a service provided by your Fire Department to ensure proactive health care and medical attention.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common condition in which the long-term elevated force of blood against arteries causes damage, which could result in a stroke or heart attack.  High blood pressure has been termed a “silent killer” because an individual can live for years, even decades, before high blood pressure is diagnosed, causing undetected damage.

Diagnosing and determining the appropriate medical treatment can be daunting for physicians, and requires quality data and blood pressure measurements. It is not uncommon for a physician to request that their patients’ keep daily blood pressure logs for review. Taking precise blood pressure measurements can be a challenging task, and the quality of blood pressure readings can be correlated to the type of equipment being utilized. To aid you, the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department offers free blood pressure checks at all of our fire stations in the community. Residents and visitors can simply stop by and request a blood pressure reading anytime, and our highly skilled staff of Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians will obtain a blood pressure reading free of charge, using state of the art technology.

The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department highly encourages our community members to “know your numbers,” which consists of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. If you do not know these numbers, we recommend that you visit your primary care physician to obtain this information. Heart disease and stroke are a leading cause of death in the United States; prevention and early detection is the key to survival.

For further information on the effects of blood pressure or heart health information, please visit the American Heart Association website bit.ly/BPheart

If you are interested in more information about our emergency and non-emergency medical services, or any other services offered by the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department, please contact us at (239) 590-4200, email us at Info@FMBFire.org, or visit us on the web at www.FMBFire.org. You can also subscribe to the Fire Chief’s “Scoop” to stay up to date on weekly activity.

Thank you for your support and make it a safe day!

 

Matt Love
FMBFD Fire Chief