UM BWMC hosts free blood pressure screenings to help community members take control of their health. 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.
A normal blood pressure reading is around 120/80 mm Hg. According to the American Heart Association, if your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, it should be 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 or medication.
UM BWMC’s blood pressure screenings are held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road in Glen Burnie. Please note screenings are not held in July, August or December. Reservations are not needed. Please note that if Anne Arundel County Public Schools are delayed in opening in the morning or closed for the day due to inclement weather, the screening is cancelled.
If you have any questions about the screenings, please call our Community Outreach Department at 410-553-8103.