Blood Pressure Testing Clinic Questions and Answers
High blood pressure can be a dangerous condition to have and should be taken seriously. That is why Express Healthcare offers blood pressure testing to help ensure that your blood pressure is within normal range. Schedule your appointment online today or call our clinic for more information. We serve patients from College Park MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, Lakeland MD, Hollywood MD, Old Town MD, Acredale MD, and Riverdale Gardens MD.
Blood pressure is the pressure exerted from blood against the walls of the vessels. The majority of blood pressure comes from the blood being pumped from the heart. Blood pressure tests can test for low blood pressure or high blood pressure. While low blood pressure doesn’t typically exhibit symptoms, high blood pressure can lead to many complications.
What is the normal blood pressure test?
Blood pressure is usually measured on a variety of different days and once you are at rest. You are said to have high blood pressure if several of these measurements are too high, even if only one of the two — either the systolic or the diastolic one — is high. In adults, blood pressure is considered to be normal under a systolic value of 140 mm Hg and under a diastolic value of 90 mm Hg.
When taking your vital sign for the first time, because it’s sometimes high on just one side, it is practical to test the blood pressure in both arms. The values that are higher are always those used for assessing the pressure your blood exerts. After several testings, it is adequate to test the blood pressure only within the arm that produced the higher reading. A person is taken into account to possess high blood pressure if the systolic value is over 140 mmHg, the diastolic value is over 90 mmHg, or if both are higher than these readings.
High blood pressure itself usually goes unnoticed. It can result in symptoms like dizziness and trouble seeing when it is extremely high. High blood pressure increases your risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attacks, strokes, and heart and kidney failure over the long term. So if you or your doctor think you have high blood pressure, it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If the readings are repeatedly too high, there are several alternative ways of lowering your blood pressure and decreasing the danger of long-term health consequences.
Can you test yourself for high blood pressure?
There are automated cuffs that you can purchase to use at your home. These devices are easy to use and generally inexpensive. Make sure you get a blood pressure device that displays the results on a digital screen, especially if you are hearing impaired.
The normal blood pressure levels by age are:
- Newborn to 1 month normal systolic range is 45-80 mm Hg and normal diastolic range is 30-55 mm Hg
- Children 1 to 12 months old normal systolic range is 65–100 mm Hg and normal diastolic range is 35–65 mm Hg
- Children aged 1 to 5 years normal systolic range is 80-115 mm Hg and normal diastolic range is 55-80 mm Hg
- Children aged 6 to 13 years normal systolic range is 80–120 mm Hg and normal diastolic range is 45–80 mm Hg
- Adolescents aged 14 to 18 years normal systolic range is 90–120 mm Hg and normal diastolic range is 50–80 mm Hg
- Adults aged 19 to 40 years normal systolic range is 95–135 mm Hg and normal diastolic range is 60–80 mm Hg
- Adults aged 41 to 60 years normal systolic range is 110–145 mm Hg and normal diastolic range is 70–90 mm Hg
- Adults aged 61 years and older normal systolic range is 95–145 mm Hg and normal diastolic range is 70–90 mm Hg
What is the most accurate way to check your blood pressure?
Digital heart pressure monitors fitted on the upper arm (around the bicep) are typically the most accurate. If the cuff does not fit around your arm or if it hurts too much, ask the doctor about placing it lower on your arm, although these results are not as accurate.