One Million Blood Pressure Tracking Cards Donated to Veterans

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Houston, TX (PRWEB) November 3, 2010

As Veterans Day approaches, one million people who served our nation are receiving a free, simple tool proven to help them live a healthier life.

American Medical ID, a leading manufacturer of personalized medical alert jewelry, in partnership with the Mended Hearts, Inc., a cardiac support group, is donating one million blood pressure tracking cards to the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA), just in time for Veterans Day.

The convenient wallet cards, designed by American Medical ID, will include the veteran's healthcare provider's name, blood pressure medicine being taken, a chart to record their blood pressure, special instructions, and valuable tips to help keep one's blood pressure under control.

The wallet tracking cards are being distributed this month to 42 NOVA locations around the United States. Additional cards will be distributed by the 250 chapters of Mended Hearts, Inc.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. More than 50 million Americans have high blood pressure, and government estimates state that about one-third of those have uncontrolled blood pressure. The disease, sometimes called the "Silent Killer", often has no symptoms and can also cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other organs.

Normal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80 mmHg.

"Since high blood pressure has no apparent symptoms, it is not easy to convince patients to carefully monitor their readings. Even though these individuals may feel fine, high blood pressure left untreated over an extended period of time can be quite devastating," says Nancy Claflin, president, of NOVA. "These convenient cards will allow veterans to keep an eye on and track their blood pressure wherever they go."

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