Love My Heart 2017

Join the Heart Health Movement
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Your Heart is a one-day event when the County of San Diego and its partners come together to help residents take charge of their own health. Free blood pressure screenings are provided to the public at select sites throughout the San Diego region, Mexico and select counties nationwide where community members can “know their numbers” and learn more about their heart health.

An effort that started with the County of San Diego, Love Your Heart has since grown to include partners in healthcare, the fire community, universities, city government, non-profits, and the business community.

Why not give that heart of yours a little extra love by participating in the Annual Love Your Heart event on February 14, 2017.

Each year the San Diego Blood Bank joins the Movement by providing free blood pressure screenings to the public at select donor sites throughout the San Diego. 

It may surprise you to know:

  • The leading cause of death among men and women is heart disease. It results in about 610,000 deaths in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
  • Women are at high risk for heart disease.  Eighty percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for heart disease. 
  • High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease, and people who have had past health conditions might be at higher risk.  High blood pressure exists in 70 percent of the people who have a first heart attack, 77 percent of people who have a stroke and 74 percent of people who have chronic heart failure.
  • Smoking greatly increases your risk of heart disease. Twenty-six percent of heart attacks and about 130,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease every year are related to smoking. 
  • There are other risk factors leading to heart disease, like diabetes, lack of physical activity, having a family history of early heart disease, excessive alcohol use and an unhealthy diet.

Don’t know your numbers? Take charge and visit one of the donor centers listed below on February 14, 2017 for your complimentary reading. Your friends, your family and your heart will love you for it!

Love Your Heart is a program under the Live Well San Diego vision of which the San Diego Blood Bank is a recognized partner.