Frequently Asked Questions
High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke — two leading causes of death in Richmond — and usually has no symptoms.
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Richmond, VA 23219
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Richmond, VA 23224
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Richmond, VA 23227
Screenings are walk-up and no appointment is needed.
For accurate readings, do not smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise 30 minutes before. You should also use the restroom before to empty your bladder. Please wear clothing that will allow the cuff to be placed on your bare upper arm.
Volunteers from Capital Area Health Education Center will be conducting the screenings.
Participants will be asked to rest for 3-5 minutes before and during their blood pressure check. Screenings are done with a validated, automated blood pressure monitor for accuracy.
High blood pressure can only be diagnosed by a medical professional. It is recommended you be seen for an in-office BP screening. If you don’t have a doctor, you will be offered a referral to Capital Area Health Network or Daily Planet Health Services. Both health centers can provide their patients with their own blood pressure monitor to partner as part of a self-measured blood pressure program.
For information on attending a free blood pressure screening, please contact the Library Branch at which you’d like to attend.
For specific health related questions, please contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a primary healthcare provider, you may contact the Capital Area Health Network at (804)780-0840 or the Daily Planet at (804) 783-2505.