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Va. health officials urge blood pressure screenings

Monday - 5/7/2012, 9:48am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Health is launching an initiative to control high blood pressure.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Karen Remley says the department is challenging residents to have 1 million blood pressures taken during May as a way to highlight of controlling hypertension in Virginia.

It's part of Million Hearts Virginia, which is in combination with a national movement aimed at saving 1 million lives from heart attack and stroke over five years.


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