NEXT SCREENING: Friday, January 27, 8:00 am – noon.

Join us for a free blood pressure screening; open to members & the public with no appointment necessary. We are grateful to the Germanna Community College Nursing Program for supporting this public service. Blood pressure is an important health marker, along with triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, fasting glucose and waist circumference. Blood pressure screening can help identify your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Know your numbers!

The screening will take place at our facility at 1005 Golf Drive, Culpeper.

What do your numbers mean? Take a look at this chart from the American Heart Association to find your category and consult with your physician if you have questions or concerns.

The following is from https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/understanding-blood-pressure-readings

Normal

Blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are considered within the normal range. If your results fall into this category, stick with heart-healthy habits like following a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

Elevated

Elevated blood pressure is when readings consistently range from 120-129 systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic. People with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control the condition.

Hypertension Stage 1

Hypertension Stage 1 is when blood pressure consistently ranges from 130-139 systolic or 80-89 mm Hg diastolic. At this stage of high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe lifestyle changes and may consider adding blood pressure medication based on your risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), such as heart attack or stroke.

Hypertension Stage 2

Hypertension Stage 2 is when blood pressure consistently ranges at 140/90 mm Hg or higher. At this stage of high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe a combination of blood pressure medications and lifestyle changes.

Hypertensive crisis

This stage of high blood pressure requires medical attention. If your blood pressure readings suddenly exceed 180/120 mm Hg, wait five minutes and then test your blood pressure again. If your readings are still unusually high, contact your doctor immediately. You could be experiencing a hypertensive crisis.

If your blood pressure is higher than 180/120 mm Hg and you are experiencing signs of possible organ damage such as chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness/weakness, change in vision or difficulty speaking, do not wait to see if your pressure comes down on its own. Call 911.