As your heart pumps blood, a certain level of pressure will be put on your arteries as it is transported throughout your body. This pressure can be measured by your doctor during a routine checkup or screening as a check for hypertension, or high blood pressure. These tests are simple and painless, taking only a few minutes. Part of a visit to AFC Urgent Care West Orange will include a standard blood pressure test to make sure your levels at normal, assessing your risk for complications with your cardiac health.
How is Blood Pressure Tested?
A blood pressure test is simple, performed in the examination room while your arm is resting on a support at chest level, even with your heart. Your back should be supported and your feet flat on the ground. Your physician will take an inflatable cuff and wrap it around your arm, the end resting on the bend of the elbow. Once the cuff is secured, it will be inflated, with numbers noted on a dial or display. The doctor or nurse will be able to read these numbers to tell the force with which blood is pumping, which calculates your blood pressure. The physician will test both arms to tell if there is a difference between them, which could indicate blockages. For the most accurate results, you should not speak or move during the test.
What is Read & Detected During a Blood Pressure Test?
The two readings measured during a blood pressure test are the diastolic pressure, which is the pressure of the blood between heartbeats, and systolic, which measures the blood pressure when the heart is contracting. A blood pressure test can detect the following:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
Blood Pressure Tests in West Orange, NJ
If you are interested in having your blood pressure checked, visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange for a checkup, employment, school or sports physical. For more information on the services we provide, please call us at 973-669-5900.