Worcester Health Department looks to tackle hypertension and diabetes

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SNOW HILL, Md. – Over a third of residents in Worcester County have diagnosed pre-hypertension, and even more have it and don’t know it.  Because of this, the Worcester County Health Department is partnering with the School of Pharmacy at UMES for a statewide Hypertension and Oral Health initiative.

UMES pharmacy students are working with local pharmacies to offer weekly blood pressure screenings from from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday this month until the second week of December at the City Discount Pharmacy 440 Linden Ave, Pocomoke City.  Students will also make referrals to primary care providers.

The hope is to help folks prevent these lifestyle diseases that lead to stroke, heart attack, and heart disease.

“A very large proportion of adults in Worcester County, and across the lower eastern shore have diabetes.  And even more have pre-diabetes and don’t know it.  That’s why it’s very important to get screened… for hypertension its to get that blood pressure screening,” said Kat Gunby, Director of Prevention.

The health department plans to launch an awareness campaign with outreach education and advertising about how to prevent hypertension, complete with a symposium on November 3rd.

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