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January 14, 2005

Albany-- Health care professionals team up with businesses and churches to combat the silent killer.

The Labor Department hosted a blood pressure screening Friday for its clients and employees. The screenings were also conducted today at Albany State University where nursing students assisted the Community Health Institute.

Saturday, free screenings will be conducted at the Albany Mall, and at Arcadia and Mt. Zion Baptist churches on Sunday.

"Everybody wants to get their blood pressure checked," said Norman Reese. "Some people are happy about the results and some aren't so happy about it. But that's good, because it tells us we need to do something about it."

The American Heart Association says heart attacks and strokes kill 300 people in Dougherty County every year.

posted at 7:05PM by dave.miller@walb.com