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Scholarship

Thanks to you, 20,350 people checked their blood pressure to take the first step towards living a healthy life!

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Congratulations to our I Heart Dad Scholarship winner, Mary H. from Tulsa, OK!

Scholarship Winner Mary H.Official Rules and Regulations

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More Information on Heart Health

Heart Facts:

  • High blood pressure greatly increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure, and kidney disease.
  • The first number (systolic) represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats.
  • The second number (diastolic) represents the pressure in your vessels when your heart rests between beats.
  • If the measurement reads 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, you would say "120 over 80" or write "120/80 mmHg." Chart
  • Men are 24% less likely to visit a doctor in a year than women. That’s why we’re asking you to take your dad or important male figure in your life to get his blood pressure taken!

    Don't worry! High blood pressure may seem a bit overwhelming, but if your dad's numbers are above normal, a doctor can show him some simple ways to be healthier. In the meantime, here are some tips.

Heart Resources:

  • Need to find a blood pressure monitor in your area? This locator will help you out.
  • Check out more information on how to take, read, and manage high blood pressure here.
  • Getting your blood pressure tested is totally free, but the doctor’s visit you may need afterwards is usually not. Looking for free or inexpensive places to go to the doctor? Use this locator to find one.

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You really care about your dad. Check out the pressure pics below!

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Could I have taken someone else besides my dad to get his blood pressure taken?

Of course! Grandpas, uncles, cousins, boyfriends, husbands (even moms, aunts, girlfriends, and wives), they all need a healthy heart right? And you’d still be entered to win the scholarship when you sent in your picture.

Why test his blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries of the heart. High blood pressure makes the heart work too hard, which can cause heart disease and stroke. (Yikes!) 1 in 3 U.S. adults has high blood pressure and doesn’t know it. It has no signs or symptoms. A blood pressure test is a super easy first step in keeping heart health in check. Sign up to get your dad’s blood pressure tested.

Need more info? Remember to download our customizable I Heart Dad card, which has tips and steps to stay healthy.

What is a blood pressure machine?

In simply 5 minutes, this machine can measure blood pressure (no lie). Drug stores provide them for free. They’re usually located near the pharmacy section. Here is a picture of what a blood pressure machine typically looks like:

Blood Pressure Machine

Almost all national drug store chains have a blood pressure monitor. Try this locator to find a drug store with a blood pressure monitor near you.

Why was this movement for dads?

Men are 24% less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the last year (are they chicken or what?!). Many men miss the chance to monitor their blood pressure regularly. Women definitely need to monitor their blood pressure too, but for this campaign we’re focused on men because they just aren’t getting to the doctors like they should.

I took his blood pressure, now what?

After you took the blood pressure, you told us what you did to qualify for the scholarship. You also read this great guide from the American Hypertension Society that tells you everything you need to know about maintaining good blood pressure and steps to take if your dad gets a high blood pressure reading. If your dad’s blood pressure was higher than normal, we recommended that you visit a doctor as soon as possible to get expert advice (use this locator to find a cheap (or free) health clinic near you. Other tips for keeping healthy include eating a healthy diet (lots of fruits and veggies - go easy on the salt), being physically active for at least 2.5 hours per week, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing stress levels.)

I have more questions!

We have more answers! Email Sarah at iheartdad@dosomething.org with any other questions you have.

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