A blood pressure test is designed to measure the total pressure in your arteries as the heart pumps blood throughout the body. Most people will have a blood pressure test as part of their routine doctor’s visit. In some cases, the tests we perform are a way to screen for high blood pressure or hypertension. If you have been diagnosed with prehypertension, frequent blood tests may be required. In any case, blood pressure testing can significantly protect your heart from any potential ailments.
Managing Risk Factors
The primary key to preventing cardiovascular disease, referred to as coronary artery disease is to manage your risk factors, including high blood pressure or high cholesterol. When performing any type of screening, few of us have any sort of obvious risk factors present on all tests. However, if you notice less than ideal test results, you’re in a position to make a healthy change for the better.
Blood pressure testing can serve as a sort of wake-up call for many patients. Higher cholesterol or blood pressure can act as a warning of potential heart conditions or diseases. By catching these symptoms early, you have the opportunity to make a difference.
Blood Pressure Screening
Blood pressure testing is the single most common type of screening. Due to high blood pressure having virtually no symptoms, doctors cannot detect the illness without measuring. A greater than average blood pressure significantly increases your risk of heart disease or stroke. For most of us, having our blood pressure examined every two years is ideal, beginning at age 20. After age 65, however, a higher-than-average risk is present.
For more information on blood pressure testing and protecting your heart, contact Brookhaven Heart by calling 631-654-3278. In fact, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have!