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Free blood pressure tests offered by Walgreens
February 3rd, 2014
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. is providing free blood pressure tests at all of its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics during February in support of American Heart Month.
The drug chain said Monday that the blood pressure checks are available on a walk-in basis during pharmacy and clinic hours and are administered by Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Walgreens noted that the free blood pressure screenings are intended to encourage customers to know the two critical numbers that can inspire prevention or treatment of hypertension, a disease that often shows no symptoms but raises the risk for heart disease and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, 76.4 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, and one in five adults live with the "silent killer" unknowingly.
In addition, the drug chain said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular blood pressure tests for people with high risk factors, including older Americans, African-Americans, and Americans with poor diets or diabetes.
Walgreens added that with its more than 8,000 drug stores and over 400 retail health clinics, the company is well-positioned to support anyone who wants to know their blood pressure numbers and can benefit from a wellness consultation.
"Regular health testing is one of the best ways for people to manage their health, and when it comes to blood pressure, it's important for people to know their numbers because detection of high blood pressure can be critical," Harry Leider, chief medical officer for Walgreens, said in a statement. "Our pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants are an accessible community resource providing free blood pressure testing throughout the month."
Walgreens added that the blood pressure tests aren't done for diagnostic or treatment purposes, and people are advised to share their test results with their primary care doctor.
The drug chain said it also offers comprehensive health screenings daily at more than 4,100 stores in 41 states. Tests include cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition.