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.
Your blood pressure reading uses these two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures. Usually they are written one above or before the other:
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. You can control high blood pressure through healthy lifestyle habits and medication, if needed. A diagnosis of hypertension (a lasting medical condition where your blood pressure readings are consistently high) can only be made after a number of high blood pressure readings.
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. For most accurate results, it is recommended that you fast for 9-12 hours before testing. During this visit, the healthcare provider will record the patient's age, height, weight and waist circumference, as well as medical, family, and social history information. After this, the provider will take the patient's blood pressure using an arm cuff and a blood test will be performed by obtaining a small blood sample from the patient's finger in order to screen for other heart health conditions.
Based on the results, we will counsel the patient on their risk factors and recommend lifestyle changes to help the patient lead a healthier life. Further testing and evaluation may be required. Elevated blood pressure can be monitored and managed at Healthcare Clinic, or you may be referred to a primary care provider for further care.
This service is recommended for patients who may be at risk for or show early signs of hypertension and who are interested in understanding their health better. Patients receiving this service are encouraged to share their results with their primary care provider.
This service is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients age 18 and older.
Healthcare Clinic also offers blood pressure monitoring and management.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.