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High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure measures how much force a person’s blood is putting on the artery walls as the heart pumps. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when that person’s heart has to work extra hard to pump blood throughout the body. High blood pressure often happens when arteries lose their elasticity through hardening caused by cholesterol, plaque or scarring.

Screening for high blood pressure

  • Quick and easy, this test is performed at every one of our heart screenings. It involves a pressure cuff being placed around your upper arm to monitor both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. The results are then compared to a standardized blood pressure chart.

Warning signs

Many people do not experience symptoms of high blood pressure. It’s important to compare your blood pressure measurements to a standardized blood pressure chart like the one below.

Blood Pressure Stat Chart

Risk factors

  • Age
  • Race
  • Family History
  • Obesity or Overweight
  • Tobacco Use
  • Too Much Salt
  • Too Little Potassium
  • Too Little Vitamin D
  • Alcohol Use
  • Stress

For more information download our High Blood Pressure fact Sheet

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