MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will begin offering free blood pressure screenings in partnership with Concorde Career College, Remington College and local north Memphis barbershops. 

On select days at participating barbershop locations, trained students from Concorde Career College and Remington College will conduct blood pressure checks for those coming in for haircuts. Individuals who screen above or below normal range will be encouraged to follow up with their medical provider. In addition, educational material provided by the American Heart Association will be available on heart disease prevention and treatment.

Upcoming dates include the following:

  • June 17 and June 24
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Riley's Cutz located at 2733 Bartlett Blvd. in Bartlett, Tenn.
  • June 30
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Heavy Weight Cutz & Styles located at 3209 Coleman Road in Memphis, Tenn.

According to the Memphis-based healthcare system in their 2022 Community Needs Health Assessment, heart disease ranked as the number one leading cause of death in both DeSoto County, Miss., and Shelby County, Tenn.

A person's blood pressure changes throughout the day depending on physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle choices. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, typically develops over time and results in a decreased supply of blood and oxygen reaching the heart.

Symptoms of high blood pressure can include severe headaches, chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting. Risk factors for developing hypertension increase with age, being overweight or obese, consuming a high-salt diet and physical inactivity.

Yearly blood pressure screenings are recommended for adults age 18 and older.

About Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has been caring for patients and families regardless of their ability to pay for more than 100 years. Guided by roots in the United Methodist Church and founded in 1918 to help meet the growing need for quality healthcare in the greater Memphis area, MLH has grown from one hospital into a comprehensive healthcare system with 13,000 Associates supporting six hospitals, including nationally ranked Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities, hospice residence and physician and specialty practices serving communities across the Mid-South. From transplants and advanced heart procedures to expert neurology services and compassionate cancer care, MLH offers clinical expertise with a focus on improving every life we touch.

SOURCE Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

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