YOUNGSTOWN, OH, DECEMBER 18, 2023 – The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all will launch their “Libraries for Heart” initiative across all 14 Mahoning County library locations.

Patrons who visit any Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County will be able to check their blood pressure at a blood pressure hub.

Library patrons will have access to a blood pressure monitor, American Heart Association guided materials on how to properly measure blood pressure, an explanation of what blood pressure numbers mean, and a contact list of providers for anyone who needs follow-up. A kick-off event will be held at the main branch in Youngstown on Tuesday, January 16, at 10:00 a.m. (305 Wick Ave., Youngstown)

“We are thrilled to bring the “Libraries with Heart” initiative to Mahoning County,” said Erin Phemester, chief experience officer, The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. “Blood pressure hubs within our library system are a great way to meet people where they are and improve the health of our community.”

Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss and more. These poor health outcomes can potentially be avoided if hypertension is managed. Unfortunately, many people don’t know they have high blood pressure, and the use of a blood pressure monitor might be difficult because of cost or lack of access. “Libraries with Heart” aims to improve the health of local communities.

“Addressing health needs in the community and removing barriers is fundamental to our mission at the American Heart Association,” said Valerie Weber, senior community impact director of the American Heart Association in Northeast Ohio. “Not only is ‘Libraries with Heart’ an opportunity for people to learn important information about their health, but it also provides access to community resources so those who need it can follow up and take action.”

Known as the silent killer, high blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors for stroke. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. Blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are considered within the normal range. If your results fall into this category, stick with heart-healthy habits like following a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. People with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control the condition. For more information on high blood pressure and stroke, visit

To learn more about blood pressure and how you can keep yours in check, visit  



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