High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, directly increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.  Though high blood pressure can have no obvious signs or symptoms, tracking blood pressure regularly can help you spot any patterns or changes.

At BayCare, we’ve made tracking blood pressure easy with over 120 wellness stations at locations throughout West Central Florida. These wellness stations can help to track blood pressure over time.

Learn more about Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. Two numbers are recorded when measuring blood pressure:

  • The top number, or systolic pressure, refers to the pressure inside the artery when the heart contracts and pumps blood through the body.
  • The bottom number, or diastolic pressure, refers to the pressure inside the artery when the heart is at rest and is filling with blood.

The blood pressure guidelines were recently updated and it is important to share your results with your physician. Your primary care physician can help determine your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.

Learn more about high blood pressure, risk factors, and things you can do to lower your risk.