Blood Pressure Screenings
Do you know what your blood pressure is? Do you know why it's important to find out? High blood pressure is often called an invisible disease because it has no visible symptoms.
City of Redmond Firefighters conduct free blood pressure screenings daily at all fire stations. No appointment is necessary. Please note that crews may not be available if responding to an emergency.
Blood Pressure FAQs
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against artery walls as it courses through the body.
How is blood pressure measured?
A blood pressure reading has two numbers. The first, and higher of the two, is the systolic pressure, or the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats and fills them with blood. The second number measures diastolic pressure, or the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats.
What is "normal" blood pressure?
While this varies from person to person, the generally accepted optimal reading for a healthy adult is 120/80 (systolic/diastolic) or lower.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when your blood pressure is consistently too high. The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. Your doctor or other qualified health professional should check your blood pressure at least once every 2 years, or more often if necessary.