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Volunteers honored in study of high blood pressure

WESTFIELD – Forty-seven volunteers in a high blood pressure study conducted here were honored as medical heroes for their outstanding dedication at a national meeting last month sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in Atlanta.

The SPRINT Study, which tested to see if overall health was better in people at standard blood pressure or a lower level, was conducted locally by Great Lakes Medical Research, 138 E. Main St. Approximately 9,400 people across the nation took part in the study.

“This national recognition proves that our study volunteers are the best of the best,” said study coordinator Sarah Button, who accepted the award. “Our volunteers have been known to travel to Westfield from as far as the Southtowns of Buffalo or northern Pennsylvania to attend study visits, even in winter weather conditions.”

Great Lakes Medical Research has several hundred volunteers taking part in studies of chronic diseases every year and more volunteers are always needed. For details, call 326-4890 or visit