May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month
Dental hygienist, Ariel, takes her patient’s blood pressure at his six month check-up.

Do you know if you have high blood pressure? It is estimated that one in three Americans have uncontrolled high blood pressure.

What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the force of blood on the blood vessels as it flows through the body. Blood pressure is measured using two numbers: Systolic and Diastolic. Systolic is the force of the blood on the vessels when the heart pumps blood out of the heart. Diastolic is the force of the blood when the heart relaxes in between beats.

  • Normal Blood Pressure: Systolic: <120 / Diastolic: <80
  • At Risk Blood Pressure: Systolic: <120-139 / Diastolic: 80-89
  • High Blood Pressure: Systolic: 140 or higher / Diastolic: 90 or higher

Why is it important for blood pressure to be normal?

High blood pressure is known as the “Silent Killer.” Untreated high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.

Blood pressure “check-up” at Southeast Family Dental

When you visit Southeast Family Dental for your six month cleaning and check-up, our team will check your blood pressure at no charge. Dr. Mark Bohnert, Dr. Laura Geiger, and Dr. Katie Jones encourage all of their patients to have healthy smiles and healthy bodies.

Don’t become a victim of high blood pressure! The Silent Killer.