To help drivers become aware of potential blood pressure problems, officials with Petro Stopping Centers have announced the installation of free blood pressure monitors at most of its locations nationwide.
According to a press release from the company, the decision to install the monitors comes in response to recently imposed stricter federal government regulations requiring professional drivers to have blood pressure of 140/90 or below, instead of the old standard of 160/90, which was needed to maintain a CDL.
The units are manufactured by Life Clinic Health Management Systems, which has a national network of machines at retail stores such as Kmart, Winn-Dixie, and Wal-Mart. The devices will be supplied by Healthy Trucker Info LLC, and will be serviced and calibrated monthly by TransCore.
“Giving drivers the ability to check their blood pressure will provide a much-needed service and give drivers another reason to stop at Petro,” said David McClure, Petro marketing director, in the press release.
Each year, 75 percent of truck driver deaths are attributed to high blood pressure and heart-related diseases. Almost 40 percent of commercial drivers who have worked for more than 20 years have hypertension, but only a third of these individuals know they have it and receive adequate treatment, according to information from pharmaceuticals manufacturer Novartis.