The American Heart Association hosted an event at the Altadena Library on Tuesday, May 24, where they announced their new program to make blood pressure monitors available for home use in libraries.
There are plans to expand to other libraries throughout LA County.
This will be like borrowing a book. Library card holders can take home a blood pressure kit that includes a blood pressure cuff, instructions, and educational materials.
The kit is provided by the AHA, which offers free monthly blood pressure screenings at the Altadena Library, courtesy of Huntington Health.
Nearly half of US adults have high blood pressure and about a third are unaware of it, according to the AHA, which also notes that people with high blood pressure are at greater risk of serious complications COVID-19.
Richard Horton of Pasadena, a double stroke survivor, was in attendance Tuesday. He spoke about the aftermath.
“I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t use my arm, couldn’t do much,” he said. “But the reality is I’m better now. I’m not where I should be, but at the same time I’m better now.
“And that was the result of my uncontrolled, uncontrolled high blood pressure. And I would say to anyone willing to listen that knowing your baseline blood pressure is imperative for you.”
Horton said his two strokes were in 2011 and his blood pressure was 220 over 124 at the time. An excellent blood pressure reading is at or below 120 over 80.