Sowing Seeds for Life, through an arrangement with the Ontario campus of the West Coast Ultrasound Institute, will be providing free ultrasound screening and blood pressure testing for all those attending its upcoming twice-a-month food pantry giveaways at the DPI Labs parking lot at 1350 Arrow Highway in La Verne. The next food pantry is March 19, from 1-5 p.m.
West Coast Ultrasound Institute will be there for the duration conducting screenings that can detect possible artery blockages that could lead to a serious or life threatening complications. Also, blood pressure tests will be available as well.
Students and other representatives from the Ontario ultrasound institute, a school specializing in imagining and nursing, were at the last Sowing Seeds for Life food pantry on March 5 and set up two work stations.
At one station were nursing students taking blood pressure. At the other were ultrasound and imaging students, assisted by instructor Steven Valdivia, checking for blocked arteries. “We’re looking for any kind of blockage,” said Dr. Hany Nashed, a director at the institute who was at the ultrasound and imaging station. “If we find any, we would recommend a full scan.” Added Nashed: “We conceivably could be saving someone’s life here.”