When Should You Have Your Blood Pressure Screened?
March 1, 2019
March 1, 2019
There are a number of decisions that you make regarding your lifestyle which can improve your chances of avoiding health issues. This includes what you choose to eat, what you drink, how often you exercise, and how much rest you allow yourself to receive. These choices will impact how effectively your body is operating, while also playing a role in determining your level of risk for encountering health problems.
Why You Should Check Your Blood Pressure
These lifestyle decisions certainly affect your cardiovascular system, which consists of your heart, blood, and blood vessels. It is critical for this system to function properly, which makes it extremely important for you to know if you are currently at risk of contending with serious issues such as a heart attack or stroke. These unwanted problems can take place if too much strain is being placed upon your heart.
Having your blood pressure screened is one of the most effective ways for you to learn if you are at risk for these serious conditions to occur. That makes it crucial to have a proper understanding of blood pressure, and what the numbers actually mean.
Blood pressure refers to the pressure of your blood inside your circulatory system. This includes your arteries, which bring the blood away from your heart, and your veins, which transport blood back to the heart. This process enables your heart to pump blood and oxygen into your body while keeping unwanted carbon dioxide away from your tissues.
Your blood moves through you by receiving a push from your heartbeat. The pressure that is created by each beat involves two different components, which results in the two numbers that are displayed when testing your blood pressure.
These measurements will determine whether or not you have high blood pressure, which is also referred to as hypertension. It is sometimes called the “silent killer” because high blood pressure can lead to serious health issues, and you will not necessarily know that you have high blood pressure without being tested. In addition to heart attack and stroke that were mentioned previously, the list of potential problems that arise from hypertension include coronary heart disease, damaged arteries, kidney failure, dementia, and bone loss.
This list underscores the importance of making sure that you have your blood pressure screened.
Measuring Your Blood Pressure -What Do The Numbers Mean
Having your blood pressure checked is a simple process that involves placement of a blood pressure cuff on your arm, and it will provide you with two measurements. The first number involves the pressure of your blood as it is pumped through your arteries when the heart is beating. This is referred to as your systolic blood pressure. The second number measures the pressure against your arteries when your heart is relaxing or resting between beats. This is the duration of time between each beat is the time in which your heart fills with blood, and is referred to as your diastolic blood pressure.
Each reading is measured in millimeters of mercury, and if a particular reading found that your systolic blood pressure was 120, and your diastolic blood pressure was 80, then your measurement would appear as 120/80. This particular count would mean that your blood pressure is normal because a systolic count (top number) of 120, and a diastolic count (bottom number) of 80 are each at the top of what is considered to be the normal range. That means if your systolic number is slightly below 120 or your diastolic number is slightly below 80, then your blood pressure is still considered to be in the normal range.
But if your systolic number is 130 or above, then you have Stage 1 blood pressure (hypertension). This is also the case for a diastolic number that is above 80. If your systolic measurement is 140 or above, then you have Stage 2 high blood pressure or hypertension. This also applies to a diastolic measurement of 90 or above. Any blood pressure readings in which your systolic measurement is below 90 or your diastolic reading is below 60 means that your blood pressure is too low.
What Happens If You Have High Blood Pressure
If your screening produces a blood pressure reading that is above-normal, then your pressure will be measured several more times to ensure that there is a legitimate reason for concern.
Any results that place you in the category of high pressure will result in your doctor recommending steps to improve the situation. These can include decreasing the amount of salt and saturated fat that you consume and maintaining a regular exercise regimen. Your physician will also discuss the proper weight that you should maintain, and whether you should work on losing any pounds in order to obtain your weight goal. Any pounds that you can eliminate will reduce the stress on your heart and reduce your blood pressure. Finally, alcohol consumption should also be regulated, and smoking should be nonexistent in your lifestyle.
While sustaining your lifestyle goals is extremely important, it may be necessary to also begin taking medications. This will help manage your blood pressure and reduce the risk of having health issues. Your doctor should also have a recommendation on how frequently you should have your blood pressure checked moving forward since you have now been diagnosed with hypertension.
There are multiple causes for low blood pressure, and consultation with your physician will determine why your measurements were low. You may be asked to increase your intake of water and salt, while medications are also a possibility,
At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help
Having your blood pressure screened can be extremely beneficial. If you are interested in having your blood screened, or have any questions about this topic, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care. This includes blood pressure screening.
Our Primary Care
- After Hours Care Available
- Continuity of Care
- Health Maintenance
- Patient Education
Our Preventative Care
- Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
- Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Cancer Screening
- Cholesterol Screening
- Depression Screening
- HIV-STD Screening
- Obesity Screening & Counseling
- Type 2 Diabetes Screening
- Weight Management
- Wellness Exams
In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.
Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.
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