San Diego County will be hosting its final Love Your Heart Week of Action event in North County to continue highlighting the importance of cardiovascular health.
The event will be held on March 11 in the Ramona Library from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. The event was initially planned for Feb. 25 but was postponed due to weather. According to event organizers, the community fair will provide free blood pressure screenings, COVID-19 and Flu vaccines, food for those in need, and other resources.
No-cost screenings are available across San Diego County and Mexico as a part of the Week of Action.
The first Love Your Heart Week of Action took place a few weeks ago in Chula Vista, which resulted in more than 3,000 San Diegans getting their blood pressure checked and more than 100 of those screened needed an urgent visit to their doctor. In addition to the blood pressure screenings, the event provided flu vaccines, Narcan Distribution, and other resources.
According to county officials, fair locations are identified by looking at the California Healthy Places index to identify areas with an above-average recorded incidence of high blood pressure.
Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County. According to county health officials, nearly 5,000 people died in the region from diseases of the heart.