Blood Pressure Testing and Measurement

Blood pressure measures the force of blood in the arteries. The force is created by the beating of the heart.

  • Call Your Doctor

    If you are checking your blood pressure at home, call your doctor if any of the following occur:

    • Blood pressure that is too high or abnormally low
    • Symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing, or lightheadedness
    • Questions about the use of medication to treat high blood pressure

  • Definition

    Blood pressure measures the force of blood in the arteries. The force is created by the beating of the heart.

    Placement of Blood Pressure Cuff
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test

    This test may be done to screen for abnormal blood pressure. It is measured at most routine visits to the doctor in older children and adults. If you have abnormal blood pressure, or other blood pressure-related conditions, your doctor may recommend more frequent monitoring.


    Your doctor will look for
    high blood pressure
    , known as hypertension. This condition can puts stress on major organs and blood vessels. Over time, high blood pressure can cause permanent damage.


    Your doctor may also look for abnormally low blood pressure, known as
    hypotension
    . This may limit blood flow through tissues and organs of the body. This can also be harmful.

    Blood pressure may also be done to check your progress if you have blood pressure problems.

  • Possible Complications

    There are no significant complications associated with this procedure.