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Mount Sinai Heart will celebrate the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s American Stroke Month May 19. High blood pressure is both a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and stroke and one of the most controllable risk factors for these conditions. That’s why Mount Sinai Heart will host a free blood pressure screening event Friday, May 19, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Each May, Mount Sinai Heart recognizes National High Blood Pressure Education and American Stroke Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of high blood pressure and ways to maintain a healthy blood pressure. “A simple, quick blood pressure reading can help us assess your risk of high blood pressure, a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” said Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, senior vice president of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System. “Everyone needs to have their blood pressure checked at least once a year. That’s the first step in preventing heart disease and stroke. Know your numbers.”

This year, visitors will walk through the MegaBrain (an oversized, educational inflatable) and stop at stations covering blood pressure and stroke education, medication/pharmacy, smoking cessation, exercise, nutrition, healthy cooking, stress management and spiritual care. Free blood pressure screenings/counseling will be provided.

The blood pressure screenings will take place at The Mount Sinai Hospital, 1468 Madison Ave., Guggenheim Pavilion, First Floor, Atrium, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the screenings, please call 212-241-6146.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the health system has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services, from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The system includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the “Honor Roll” of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in geriatrics; gastroenterology/GI surgery; cardiology/heart surgery; diabetes/endocrinology; nephrology; neurology/neurosurgery; and ear, nose and throat, and it is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for ophthalmology, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital is ranked in seven out of 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

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