In support of American Heart Month, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) is offering free blood pressure testing at all of its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinic* at select Walgreens locations throughout the month of February.
Tests are available daily during pharmacy and clinic hours with no appointment necessary and administered by Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The free testing aims to encourage customers to know the two critical numbers that can inspire prevention or treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), a disease that often presents no symptoms but increases 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 1-in-5 adults live with the “silent killer” unknowingly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages regular blood pressure tests for those with high risk factors 1 including older Americans, African Americans and Americans with poor diets or living with diabetes. Walgreens 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,” said Harry Leider, M.D., Walgreens chief medical officer. “Our pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants are an accessible community resource providing free blood pressure testing throughout the month as part of Walgreens commitment to help people get, stay and live well.”Walgreens encourages its customers to know their numbers and have their blood pressure checked regularly. Tests are not done for diagnostic or treatment purposes, and individuals are advised to share their test results with their primary care physician.