Petro installing blood pressure monitors

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To help drivers become aware of potential blood pressure problems, Petro Stopping Centers has installed free blood pressure monitors at most locations nationwide. The blood pressure monitoring units will be placed at health stations supplied by Healthy Trucker Info LLC and will be serviced monthly by TransCore on its regular service visits to Petro locations.

The truck stop chain says that drivers’ ability to routinely monitor their blood pressure will help them improve their exercise and diet routines and promote better health. 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.

According to Petro, the decision to install the monitors was made in response to stricter federal government regulations that now require professional drivers to have blood pressure of 140/90 or below in order to maintain a commercial driver’s license. The old standard was 160/90.