Blood pressure measures the force of blood in the arteries. The force is created by the beating of the heart.

Placement of Blood Pressure Cuff
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This test may be done to screen for abnormal blood pressure. It is measured at most routine visits to the doctor in older children and adults. If you have abnormal blood pressure, or other blood pressure-related conditions, your doctor may recommend more frequent monitoring.

Your doctor will look for high blood pressure, known as hypertension. This condition can puts stress on major organs and blood vessels. Over time, high blood pressure can cause permanent damage.

Your doctor may also look for abnormally low blood pressure, known as hypotension. This may limit blood flow through tissues and organs of the body. This can also be harmful.

Blood pressure may also be done to check your progress if you have blood pressure problems.