Health concerns are often not addressed until there is a problem, and early detection can save lives. Free health screenings are available. Nursing students at Southeast Hospital’s College of Nursing & Health Sciences will provide free blood pressure screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, March 5 and 6, at Center Court in the West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau. Tuesday’s screening will be offered from 6 to 8. Wednesday’s screening will be held from 5 to 7. Nurse practitioner and associate professor of nursing B.J. Whiffen will supervise the students and says it is important for people to be screened. High blood pressure affects one out of every three adults, and can result in a higher risk of stroke, heart disease, retinal or eye damage and aortic aneurysm. Blood pressure screenings can help identify health conditions and lead to earlier treatment.
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