Roanoke residents get free blood pressure test after guidelines change

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) There were people waiting when Carilion set up for their monthly blood pressure and blood screening tests at the downtown Roanoke library Wednesday (Nov. 15).

The American Heart Association says anything higher than 130/80 is considered elevated, a category that was previously reserved for 140/90.

At least one of the people to stop by the Carilion test site fell in the new category.

"Yes, yes we have [seen someone]," Shenika Bowles, Community Health Screening Supervisor, said. "We have one that changed on their blood pressure guidelines so they're going to see their physician."

Carilion sets up at the downtown library every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 11 AM - 1 PM.