1 in 3 United States adults have high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease, stroke and hypertension. Morehouse School of Medicine's mobile unit came into town to screen people for this condition Wednesday, but most people do not even know if they have high blood pressure.
Pamela Cooper at the Morehouse School of medicine said hypertension is a silent killer so it is important to get screened especially for blood pressure. The participants agreed.
Stephanie Harvey was not planning on stopping by the Morehouse School of Medicine mobile bus Wednesday, but she's glad she did.
"I got a warning and I thank God that I did stop because he said my bottom blood pressure level was a little high and my glucose level was too low," said Harvey.
Organizers of the mobile bus stay stories like Harvey's are why they provide the free mobile screenings.
"Instead of people coming to us, a lot of people don't have transportation, now we can take it to the community and do what we need to do," said Pamela Cooper at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
After the initial screening, people will be able to receive follow up services through Columbus Regional.
"We want to do our best to make sure everyone is in a healthy state and so we want to provide them with useful information that they can go for follow up and receive the necessary treatment and evaluation," said Tonya Kemper at Columbus Regional.
Cooper said hopefully these screenings will also spark resident and physician interest in research opportunities.
"We need everyone to participate in clinical trials so they can take those numbers, look at them, get the outcome of it, and see exactly what it takes to make a difference," said Cooper.
The initial screening has already made a difference in Harvey's life.
"Thank God that they're here and that I got a warning and it's something that I need to check into," said Harvey.
The Morehouse School of Medicine mobile unit will meet with local physicians to get them interested in holding research projects in the Columbus area. They currently have research opportunities for Vitamin D, diet and blood pressure, and hypertension.
To participate in the studies or learn more about the mobile bus you can visit www.msm.edu or call 404-752-1975
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