CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems has announced that it now is offering free blood pressure screenings at all of its 359 Take Care Clinics nationwide through May 31.
The free screenings are available to all patients 18 years and older. If a patient's blood pressure is elevated, the provider will recommend a return visit to a Take Care Clinic or follow-up with a primary care provider to rule out or confirm a diagnosis of hypertension. If a patient does not have a primary care provider, the Take Care health provider will offer a list of area providers accepting new patients.
"Nearly 22% of individuals in the United States with hypertension are unaware of their condition, according to the American Heart Association," stated Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens. "Take Care nurse practitioners and physician assistants will provide free blood pressure screenings to identify at-risk patients, and refer them to the appropriate level of care for treatment. In addition, Take Care health providers will serve as an educational resource to answer questions about hypertension and risk factors associated with the disease."
A majority of Americans with hypertension are untreated or under-treated, potentially unaware that their current behavior and treatment may not be generating adequate results. There are several lifestyle modifications a person can make, including smoking cessation, weight loss if overweight and an increase in physical activity.
"High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. Given the accessibility and convenience of Take Care Clinics across the country, we can play a vital role in identifying individuals with undiagnosed or untreated hypertension, helping to decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease," stated Peter Miller, president and CEO of Take Care Health Systems. "These free blood pressure screenings reinforce Take Care Clinics' commitment to offering quality healthcare services that meet the needs of patients and their families."
In February, Walgreens and Take Care Clinics offered free blood pressure glucose screenings at thousands of locations across the country, offering a convenient access point to receive diabetes awareness and education.
The company expects to unveil later this summer additional efforts screen, diagnose and treat hypertension.