Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening
3rd Thursdays of each month; 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Please call before you come; screenings are offered based on volunteer availability.
Get you free blood pressure and glucose screening every 3rd Thursday of the month (based on volunteer availability). We have lovely nursing students from Empire College who volunteer their time, so please call before you come to make sure they are here.
According to the American Heart Association, getting your blood pressure and blood glucose checked regularly can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, be sure to get it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20. If your blood pressure is higher, your doctor may want to check it more often. High blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medication.
High blood glucose levels put you at greater risk of developing insulin resistance, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Untreated diabetes can lead to many serious medical problems including heart disease and stroke. If you’re overweight AND you have at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor, your healthcare provider may recommend a blood glucose test. Your healthcare provider may also measure glycated hemoglobin A1c levels (A1c %) to estimate risk of prediabetes or diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends regular screening for diabetes risk at age 45, with repeated tests at least every 3 years.
For more information, click here for the American Heart Association.