Understanding High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood circulating on the walls of the blood vessels. It is one of the key vital signs taken by health care professionals. High blood pressure increases the risk of developing other health conditions such as a heart attack or stroke.

Fast Facts:

  • A person can have high blood pressure but experience no symptoms.
  • Almost everyone is affected by high blood pressure at some point during their life.
  • While blood pressure is normally taken at the upper arm, it can be taken at other places of the body.