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Why is Blood Pressure Screening Important

Why is Blood Pressure Screening Important?


Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it can't be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.


Regular high blood pressure screenings can help prevent this common condition from worsening. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.


A high blood pressure screening can detect the onset of this condition. “Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. About 1 in 3 adults in the United States have high blood pressure. The condition itself usually has no symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it. During this time, though, high blood pressure can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body.

Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, even when you’re feeling fine. If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your health care team to keep it that way. If your blood pressure is too high, treatment may help prevent damage to your body’s organs.

What are the Warning Signs?

Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. Some signs and symptoms don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe, even life-threatening, stage.

Knowing what signs and symptoms to look for can greatly increase your chances of finding the problem early, so that you can start getting it under control. Here are some of the possible high blood pressure warning signs to look out for:

Headaches are commonly noted as one of the high blood pressure warning signs suffered by affected persons, and the pain is often described as a dull ache and pressure.
Dizziness and dizzy spells that last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of days can be the result of hypertension.

Nosebleeds that seem to happen for no apparent reason, like injury or dryness, are also a high blood pressure warning sign.
Blurred vision has been noted in some people suffering from high blood pressure.
Nausea may also present itself to someone with high blood pressure.
A flushed face is often noted with high blood pressure, meaning that the skin is pinkish / reddish and warm to the touch.

While these are some high blood pressure warning signs that could indicate hypertension, they are also often associated with other conditions, which is why regular measuring of your blood pressure is essential. Ask your doctor or HealthFair Professional for a blood pressure reading at least every two years. He or she will likely recommend more frequent readings if you’ve already been diagnosed with high blood pressure or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

If you don’t regularly see your doctor, you may be able to get a free blood pressure screening in your community. You can find machines in some stores that will measure your blood pressure for free in pharmacies and other places, but these machines can give you inaccurate results. In order to maintain proper health, you should have your blood pressure checked by a professional.

Am I at Risk?

Some of the major risk factors for at high blood pressure are:

  • Older age
  • Race/ Ethnicity
  • Being overweight
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Smoking or being a former smoker
  • Not exercising
  • A diet with too much salt and/or too little potassium and Vitamin D
  • Family history
  • Stress


If you have any of the above risk factors, then a health screening might be right for you.

Prevention

As with most heart and circulatory system problems, your risk of developing high blood pressure lessens with a healthy lifestyle. Some of the key factors in maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle are:

  • Quit smoking
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Control your cholesterol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly (30 minutes per day)
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals
  • Manage stress
  • Practice relaxation or slow, deep breathing




J$100.00 or USD $1.00 per screening*


*Free for existing clients.  Only available in  Jamaica.


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