FAQs: Blood Pressure

Q:What is Blood Pressure?

A:When the heart pumps blood through the body, the blood pushes against the walls of the blood vessels. The blood pressure cuff measures the force of the blood against the arterial walls. Blood Pressure measurements consist of a high number, the systolic pressure that occurs with each beat of the heart, and the diastolic pressure, that is the pressure reading between heartbeats.

Q:Why should I have my Blood Pressure measured?

A:Nearly 50 million Americans have high blood pressure. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to stokes, heart attacks, and kidney failure

Q:How do I know if I have High Blood Pressure?

A.High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. In fact, many people have this disease (hypertension) for years without knowing it. Having high blood pressure doesn’t mean that you are tense, nervous or hyperactive. You can be a calm, relaxed person and still have hypertension. The only way to find out if you have elevated blood pressure is to have it checked.

Q:How is Blood Pressure Checked?

A.A blood pressure test is quick and painless. Blood Pressure is measured using a medical instrument called a sphygmomanometer. A single reading doesn’t mean that you have high blood pressure, but it is a sign that you need to watch your blood pressure carefully.

Q: Will the results be provided in a written format?

A.Yes, the results will be written on an educational handout. Our staff will also be glad to review your results and answer your basic questions.

Q: Do you need electricity to conduct these tests?

A. No — the testing equipment uses batteries

Q:Do you need to be “inside” to conduct the screening?

A.We can conduct this test inside or outside

Q:How do I order this Test?

A. Just let us know if you want one staff (small events), two staff (busy events), three staff (large events).

Q:Can we have an aggregate report developed from the test results?

A.Yes, for those clients who request a report, Health Dimensions will prepare an “aggregate” report (no names … please. The report is generated in Excel — color pie chart. There is no extra charge for this service — it’s complimentary.

Q:What time does the Health Dimensions staff arrive?

A. Unless otherwise requested, our screening staff will arrive at your event one half hour prior to “start time”. They will bring everything that they need to set up for the screenings. (Note: Our Health Expo coordinators typically arrive 3 hours prior to “start time.)

Q:How do we pay for your services?

A. Health Dimensions will send you an invoice after the program.

Q:When is the payment due?

A. Payment is due upon receipt. Special arrangements can be made for large projects.

Q:Do you accept credit cards for payment?

A. Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.