Part of a routine physical for school, camp, or DOT employment is a blood pressure check. The screening is simple, painless and can help detect certain medical issues before they progress into more serious conditions. Individuals with high blood pressure may require more frequent tests to keep an eye on progression.

What is high blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the measure of the amount of force created when your blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels, the tunnels and pathways that carry blood throughout your body. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when your reading is higher than 130 over 80 mmHg and can lead to serious health conditions and complications if left untreated including heart attacks and stroke. Too much pressure is applied to the blood vessel walls including in your arteries.

How often should I undergo blood pressure screenings?

Your physician will check your blood pressure at the beginning of most examinations, from required employment physicals to regular checkups. In order to monitor your blood pressure and check for potential risk factors, you should undergo a screening at least once every two years. Certain lifestyle factors may influence your blood pressure and can determine whether you need more frequent screenings including:

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • High-salt diet
  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Weight

Blood Pressure Screenings in Norwalk & Westport, CT

If you are interested in a blood pressure screening, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk today! We provide them during routine visits as well as at community events around Norwalk and the surrounding area. For more information about our services, please call 203-845-9100.