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2018-02-08 / Local News

Blood pressure screenings to kick off American Heart Month

As part of American Heart Month in February, the Erie County Clerk’s Office and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo have teamed up to offer free blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Elma Auto Bureau, 1600 Bowen Road, Elma.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Erie County and the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Clerk’s Office.

Erie County residents experience 33 percent more heart disease death than the average U.S. citizen.

The goal of the “Heart Healthy” Auto Bureau Blood Pressure Screening is to go into a nontraditional setting such as a busy DMV office to promote healthier lives and help prevent heart disease and stroke in the community.

Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns said the concept of being able to receive a mini health checkup while stopping by a local auto bureau is nontraditional and unique, which is why he thinks it will be useful.

“The ways in which members of our community receive health care information are changing,” he said. “We must be pervasive and expose people to health information where they would not, typically, be exposed to it.

“As a point in the community where a high number of people regularly visit, the auto bureaus are key places to start this heart health initiative,” Kearns said. “I want to thank Catholic Health Mercy Hospital of Buffalo for their proactive efforts to bring Heart Healthy Blood Pressure Screenings to the community.”

C.J. Urlaub, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital, said its goal as one of the largest hospitals serving the Buffalo region and a partner in the blood pressure screening program is to help make the community healthier by reducing the prevalence of heart disease and stroke.

“Mercy Hospital as with other hospitals across the country are going beyond our traditional role of caring for the sick and beginning to focus more on keeping people healthy through collaborative efforts with other community organizations,” Urlaub said.

Upcoming screenings will also be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

•Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Erie Community College South Auto Bureau, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

•Wednesday, Feb. 21, to Friday, Feb. 23, at the Cheektowaga Auto Bureau, 2122 George Urban Blvd., Depew.

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