Nursing Students Provide Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Augustana nursing students check blood pressure.

Nursing student Katie Larkin conducts a blood pressure check on Monday, April 3, during the Big Squeeze kickoff event on campus. 

Big Squeeze Initiative Designed to Raise Awareness About the Dangers of High Blood Pressure

Augustana nursing students provided free blood pressure checks on Monday to kick off the 2017 Big Squeeze, a community-wide high blood pressure awareness initiative organized by Live Well Sioux Falls.

Nicole Grinager '17, a nursing, Spanish and international studies triple major at Augustana, spoke about the importance of regular blood pressure screenings. 

"In class and during clinicals we have talked extensively about hypertension. About 72 million Americans have high blood pressure — that's one in three adults. In 2016, only 34 percent of Sioux Falls residents who participated (in the Big Squeeze) fell within normal ranges. Meanwhile, 45 percent fell into the pre-hypertensive, or the at risk category, and 21 percent of those screened received results indicative of high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases risk of heart attack and stroke, and can lead to kidney and heart failure," Grinager said.

"Fortunately, high blood pressure can be controlled and in many cases prevented. Prevention is key, and lifestyle changes are at the center of prevention."

— Nicole Grinager '17
Nursing, Spanish & International Studies Major

"We can prevent high blood pressure by avoiding use of tobacco products, reducing salt intake, limiting alcohol consumption, decreasing stress (which is key among college students), eating healthier foods, and exercising regularly. This is why I am here encouraging and asking my peers, my professors and faculty, as well as the greater Sioux Falls community, to participate in the Big Squeeze. Together we can raise awareness; together we can save lives of those around us. Get squeezed and know your numbers today!"

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Kelly Sprecher
Director of Media Relations