CHARLESTON, WV, January 6, 2023 — In a setting that is known to raise one’s blood pressure, your American Heart Association is excited to bring blood pressure checks to the State Capitol during the 2023 West Virginia Legislative Session.

“We are thrilled to work with local healthcare providers and students this year to educate all who are a part of the legislative process on the importance of knowing their blood pressure numbers,” said Julie Thomm, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. “The Legislative Session is an extremely stressful time for many, so it’s a great time to make sure people know their numbers, understand the dangers of hypertension, and encourage others to do the same.”

During the session, local healthcare providers and healthcare students will be joining the American Heart Association with the intent to educate lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists and all who are at the Capitol on the importance of knowing your numbers, regularly checking your blood pressure, and the dangers of hypertension.

Individuals will be at the Capitol at the beginning, mid-point, and end of Session so they can essentially ‘track’ how their blood pressure looks throughout Session during more stressful times. The checks will take place January 10th and 11th, February 14th, and March 7th.

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About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.  

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