Fire deparment to offer blood pressure, blood sugar checks in Newcastle

April 24, 2012

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NEW — 5:10 p.m. April 24, 2012

The Bellevue Fire Department will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks during “Heart Week” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 5 and May 8 at the Coal Creek YMCA. It will also offer the same services from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 9 and the Coal Creek YMCA and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Newcastle City Hall in the Newcastle Professional Building.

During “Heart Week,” firefighters will provide screenings for high blood pressure or high blood glucose, which are associated with heart disease and diabetes.

Heart Week allows firefighters to help residents avoid or treat illnesses that are leading causes of death in the United States, and gives residents a chance to meet with firefighters in a non-emergency situation, according to the department.

The American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association offer details about diabetes and heart disease, including how to prevent or treat them. Sobering facts include:

  • Without proper treatment, high blood pressure can lead to life-threatening heart disease or kidney failure
  • Without proper treatment, high blood sugar (blood glucose) can lead to heart disease, kidney failure and nerve damage
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) happens from time to time to everyone who has diabetes, and can be easily treated, in the early stages, by consuming 15-20 grams of sugar/carbohydrates
  • Untreated hypoglycemia can quickly become an emergency situation, possibly including a trip to the hospital for evaluation
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