What is a blood pressure test?
A blood pressure test measures the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps. You should have a blood pressure test performed at least once every two years to screen for high blood pressure as a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, starting at age 18.
How is it done?
The test may be performed by a technician or pharmacist. The test is performed best while you’re seated in a chair. Throughout the test, you should try not to talk or move your arm.
After the procedure, the pharmacist or technician taking your blood pressure can tell you what your blood pressure is and may discuss what the results mean if your blood pressure test shows that you have high or low blood pressure.