Thousands Respond to CHEC Program
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Monday, May 13, 1974 Thousands Respond To CHEC Program By Lynn Stewart Of The Times Staff Local residents turned out In force for the Community (Hypertension Evaluation Clinic (CHEC) over the weekend and officials termed the clinic a tremendous suc-cess after all the tabulations were in yesterday. "We think this has been the most successful project of this type in the state and probably in the country," said Dr. Stephen Glasser, CHEC project director. Figures showed that a total of 12,224 persons received free blood pressure tests during the two - day clinics at Shreveport and Bossier City high schools. Of that number, 3,539 persons, or 29 per cent, were referred to their physicians for having high blood pressure. Most were unaware of any blood pres-sure- related problem, of-ficials said. In addition, Dr. Glasser said, at least four or five per-sons were diagnosed as having dangerously high blood pressure and were referred for emergency care. "These are probably directly .saved lives," he said. Glasser estimated that about four to five per cent of the Shreveport - Bossier area population took advantage of the free tests. Although some persons had predicted that the Mother's Day weekend might be a bad time for the clinic, Glasser said it may have been helpful since concerned children may have brought their mothers to the clinics Sunday. He said about as many persons took part in the clinics from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday as par-ticipated in the Saturday clinics offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic was cosponsored by Shreveport Medical Society, Louisiana Heart As-sociation and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. The next step, Glasser said, will be to send letters to those 3,539 persons referred to their physicians "to be sure they have seen a doctor or to en-courage them to see a doc-tor." Mandel Selber Jr., president of the Northwest Unit of the Louisiana Heart Association, praised the ef-forts of the community in providing volunteer work. "The success of the CHEC program is due to the tremen-dous effort of more than 800 volunteers, both professional and clerical," he said. "Their hard work throughout the two - day program has resulted in a very meaningful and impor-tant contribution for the health and well - being of our community," he said. Among services volunteers performed, in addition to the actual blood pressure measurement by profes-sionals, were clerical duties, operation of ham radios un-der the direction of Dr. Norm Zaffater and supervision by law enforcement officers. A valuable service was provided, officials said, by the McDonald Corp. which contributed to the effort one of its 14 "Bic Mac" coaches used for civic and charitable purposes. The coach was operated by Bob Spence of Dallas, a member of Mc- Donald's public relations department, and acted as a liason for the project direc-tors by taking them and their equipment to all 12 high schools whenever they were needed. McDonald's also provided free food for the volunteer workers and orange drink for each person screened. Dr. Albert Hand, president of the Shreveport Medical Society, commented, 'It is so gratifying that our com-munity has been made more aware of the need for health check - ups, not only in the blood pressure area but in other areas as well."
|Title||Thousands Respond to CHEC Program|
Glasser, Stephen P.
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