SCOTTSBLUFF — With the daily demands of modern life, it can be difficult to schedule an appointment and check blood pressure levels.

Now you can get a free blood pressure check from a nursing student when you visit Community Pharmacy at Regional West.

Nursing students from Western Nebraska Community College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, under the direction of their instructors and Regional West Community Health nurses, will give free blood pressure screenings at the pharmacy on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. now through Dec. 4.

The free blood pressure screenings are made possible through a grant to Regional West Community Health. These screenings are particularly beneficial to those who are watching their blood pressure or are taking medication for hypertension.

According to the CDC, about 75 million American adults have high blood pressure — that’s one of every three adults. Only about half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.

If someone is watching their blood pressure or is already on medication, these screenings will enable them to check it on a regular basis. If the blood pressure screening indicates any changes, nurses can notify a patient’s doctor, if given permission.

To learn more about the free blood pressure screenings, contact Sandy Preston, RN, BSN, at 308-630-1563.

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