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      Macon County Health Department to offer blood pressure screenings

      A Heartland Health Department is urging you to get your blood pressure tested.

      The Macon County Health Department is providing free blood pressure screenings. Those screenings do not require an appointment, and you can drop by anytime Monday through Thursday. The experts say your diet and eating habits can play a large role when it comes to high blood pressure and cholesterol. However, sometimes the symptoms go unnoticed, which is why annual screenings are important. We're told 90 to 95 percent of the cases of high blood pressure have no known symptoms or cause.

      "Blood pressure and heart disease is one of the things that they call a silent killer because you may not have any major symptoms that you would notice if your blood pressure was high," said Cindy Malloy, of the Macon County Health Department.

      The Macon County Health Department offers blood pressure screenings free of charge. The Department is located on Missouri Street, and it's open Monday through Thursday.