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Blood pressure classes added at BCH

SPRINGVILLE—Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is extending its blood pressure classes for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center and BCH Heart Center patients. Participants will receive a free blood pressure cuff and journal.

Classes will be held Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.; Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.; Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 9 at 10 a.m and Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

Sometimes patients may have a white coat syndrome, where nervousness or anxiety about seeing a healthcare provider can lead to an elevated blood pressure reading. A running log, kept at home in a familiar environment provides very useful data about whether that is the case or not.

“In the Primary Care Center and Heart Center, we are seeing patients bring their three-week blood pressure logs in with them to appointments,” said Lauralee Sprague, NP. “That record gives providers a clearer picture of a patient’s blood pressure, not just at the time of their visit.”

All classes are held at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, patient education classroom in the basement. The class is free for all BCH primary Care Center and Heart Center patients, but registration is required. Call 592-9643 to register.

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