Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure Screening

What is Blood Pressure? What is blood pressure screening?

There are no symptoms of high blood pressure, so it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. We recommend that everyone aged 18 and older have their blood pressure checked at every visit. It is important to know that if you have high blood pressure it should be checked more often. Ask your doctor what is best for you. Once your blood pressure is under control, have it checked every 6 to 12 months.

To prepare for a blood-pressure screening, follow these guidelines: Don’t smoke or have caffeine for 30 minutes before the test, rest for at least 5 minutes before the test and it’s important to be sitting with your back and feet supported with your arm at heart level. With blood pressure readings, if your blood pressure is high at one reading that doesn’t mean you have high blood pressure.  Blood pressure can vary depending on your activity level and time of day, and can be higher if you are sick or in pain.

How is blood pressure measured?

If you have never had your blood pressure taken it is measured as followed. A blood pressure cuff is placed around your arm and inflated until it stops the blood flow. Then the cuff is slowly deflated, allowing blood to flow again. As the cuff deflates, a stethoscope is used to listen to the blood flow in an artery at your inner elbow. Your systolic pressure will be the number at the first thumping sound heard, when the thump disappears, this is the diastolic number.

What exactly is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries every time your heart beats. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart contracts, pumping the blood through your arteries. This is called systolic pressure. Your blood pressure is lowest when your heart is at rest, between beats. This is diastolic pressure.

What is High blood pressure?

Blood pressure is generally considered high when it’s 140-159 for the top number and 90-99 for the bottom number. When your numbers are high like this is, it is imperative to maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle. If your blood pressure goal isn’t reached in about a month, talk to your doctor about taking one or more medications. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, except occasional headaches. It can cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure.

What is blood pressure screening & counseling?

Blood pressure screening & counseling is a service designed to screen patients who may be at risk for hypertension (high blood pressure) and other heart health conditions.

 

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