Blood pressure checks in barber shops

Blood pressure checks in barber shops

August 29, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


IMAGES OF THE STORM. BARRY IS WEAKENING RIGHT NOW AS
IT MOVES NORTH. A NEW COMMUNITY INITIATIVE IS
BRINGING BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS
TO BARBER SHOPS. KCCI’S TOMMIE CLARK VISITED ONE
OF THOSE SHOPS TODAY TO SEE HOW
THESE CHECKS COULD SAVE LIVES.>>INSIDE UNIVERSAL KUTZ, IT’S A
BUSY SATURDAY, WITH THE BUZZING
BACKDROP OF SHAPE-UPS IN
PROGRESS. TODAY THOUGH, THERE’S A
DIFFERENT SOUND PUMPING INSIDE
— PUMPING INSIDE. CUSTOMERS ARE GETTING MORE THAN
A CLASSIC CUT, THEY AND THEIR
BARBERS ARE GETTING A BLOOD
PRESSURE CHECK TOO.>>IT’S DEFINITELY A GOOD THING
TO KNOW. I KNOW I’M SLIGHTLY ELEVATED SO
I CAN GET IT TAKEN CARE OF. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT BEFORE.>>WE WANTED TO BRING THAT CARE
TO THE ACTUAL SHOP SO IT FEELS A
BIT MORE COMFORTABLE WHERE THEY
CAN GET THOSE READINGS AND GET
THOSE NUMBERS AND IT KIND OF
TAKES THAT NERVOUSNESS OUT OF IT.>>AND BARBER SHOP OWNER, CRAI
HUNT, IS HAPPY TO HOST IT, AFTER
HE HAD HIS OWN SCARE.>>I WAS IN HERE CUTTING HAIR,
EARLY MORNING. I HAD A STROKE.>>THIS LEFT-HANDED BARBER LOST
MOVEMENT ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS
BODY.>>I WAS VERY SCARED BECAUSE YOU
KNOW WHEN YOU’RE A BARBER YOU’RE
THINKING ABOUT OK IF I DON’T
CUT, IF I DON’T HAVE MY LIMBS, I
DON’T HAVE MOVEMENT, WHAT’S
GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME? HOW AM I GONNA TAKE CARE OF MY
FAMILY? HOW AM I GONNA TAKE CARE OF MY
KIDS? WHAT’S LIFE GONNA BE LIKE.>>THREE YEARS LATER, HE’S STILL
CUTTING HAIR, WHILE ALSO
STARTING A CONVERSATION
>>WHEN I HAVE TO ONLY WHEN
SOMETHING’S WRONG, YOU KNOW WHAT
I’M SAYING? BUT SOMETIMES THAT’S TOO LATE.>>NOW WHEN CRAIG PLACES HIS
RAZOR IN THE BARBER TRAY AT THE
END OF THE DAY, HE’S NOT ALONE
IN KNOWING HIS NUMBERS.>>IT’S LIKE A SILENT KILLER
, LIKE YOU DON’T KNOW THAT YOUR
BLOOD PRESSURE’S HIGH. IT COULD JUST BE HIGH AND YOU’RE
LIVING LIFE WITH IT HIGH AND
THEN ONE DAY YOU’RE LIKE ME JUST
IN A HOSPITAL BE