Our dentist and team at Nuttall Smiles want all our patients to be safe and healthy. We offer blood pressure screenings, just like what you would receive at your doctor’s office, to help you monitor your overall health. For more information about blood pressure screenings in Auburn, Washington, and to make your appointment with Dr. Nuttall, please call us today at 253-939-0700.
Blood pressure measures the force your blood is putting on the artery walls as your heart pumps. It is recommended that people age 18 and older be screened regularly for signs of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. If you have been diagnosed with high or low blood pressure already, you may need to be screened more frequently. You may also want to be screened if you are at greater risk of high blood pressure. Risk factors include:
- Family history
- Tobacco use
- Excessive consumption of salt
- Too little potassium
- Too little vitamin D
- Alcohol use
- High levels of stress
Blood pressure is important because it can have a significant impact on your overall health. Higher blood pressure increases your risk of health problems in the future, as it places extra strain on your arteries and heart, and can cause your arteries to either weaken or become thicker and less flexible over time. When your arteries are thicker and less flexible, they become narrower, making it more likely that your blood will clot and clog the artery, leading to heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, or dementia. If your artery becomes weakened, the strain on your heart can lead to the artery bursting, and may cause a heart attack or stroke.
When you receive a blood pressure screening, our dentist will wrap a pressure cuff around your upper arm. This cuff will be rapidly inflated, and the diastolic (pressure when your heart muscle is between beats) and systolic (pressure in arteries during contraction of the heart muscle) blood pressure will be noted. Normal systolic pressure is between 90-119, while diastolic pressure is about 60-79. Our dentist will be able to provide you with more information and recommendations about your blood pressure following your screening.
To learn more about blood pressure and schedule your screening, please contact our office today.