Friday, July 11, 2008

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Tennessean MinuteClinic health care centers, located inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Nashville metropolitan area, are offering complimentary blood pressure screenings throughout July. No appointment is necessary. The majority of MinuteClinic retail locations are open seven days a week including weekday evening hours. MinuteClinic health care centers are located inside the following CVS/pharmacy stores in the region.· Antioch – 2788 Murfreesboro Pike· Hillsboro Rd.· Harding – 723 Harding Place· Hermitage – 4402 Lebanon Rd.· Hendersonville – 100 Glen Oaks Blvd.· Nashville – 7112 Highway 70 South· Nashville – 9101 Carothers Parkway· Thompsons Station – 4805 Columbia Pike· SouthIndividuals receiving a blood pressure screening should expect the following:- A risk assessment that includes a review of family history - Blood pressure reading - Education and recommendations to prevent hypertension, including insights about diet and other healthy lifestyle choices - A discussion of the results and, if necessary, a referral to the individual’s primary care provider The screenings are part of MinuteClinic’s commitment to improve consumer health and encourage healthier living. High blood pressure or hypertension affects 73 million Americans over age 20 and is the primary cause of death in nearly 55 million citizens annually.* When left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. It’s often known as the “silent killer” because most individuals show no symptoms.“Estimates are that one-third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure and don’t know it,” said James Hartert, M.D., MinuteClinic chief medical officer. “These screenings are highly effective because the only way to determine if you have hypertension is to get your blood pressure checked on a regular basis.” MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by masters-prepared, board-certified practitioners who specialize in family health care and are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, MMR, and Hepatitis A & B are also available. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and obesity.

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