Health Check: CVS takes action as blood pressure guidelines are updated

CVS is helping to ensure you know your numbers, as blood pressure guidelines are updated. (WJAR)

CVS is helping to ensure you know your numbers, as blood pressure guidelines are updated.

Every Wednesday at its Minute Clinics throughout Southern New England, CVS is offering free screenings in support of the Go Red for Women movement.

"We are looking for people to know their basic health numbers,” said Lori Phinney, a family nurse practitioner and the senior practice manager of Minute Clinics in Rhode Island.

There, they check your total cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index and blood pressure.

"Recently, there's been a change to the blood pressure guidelines and this is the first time in 14 years that it's been addressed and really looked at,” said Phinney. “So, right now, 120 over 80 is everyone's goal blood pressure."

"Anyone who's falling in a 121 to 130 over 80 range are people we're going to try and follow and coach on some lifestyle modifications and help them get back to 120 over 80," she added.

The new blood pressure guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association note that the new high is 130 over 80 and above.

At the Minute Clinics, they’re looking at all your numbers.

"If your numbers are abnormal, either high or low, it can put you at risk for cardiovascular disease,” said Phinney.

The free screenings at the CVS Minute Clinics are available Wednesdays throughout the month to both women and men.

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