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Reasons for Test
This test is used to screen for abnormal blood pressure or to monitor your blood pressure if you already have a blood pressure problem. High blood pressure (hypertension) puts stress on the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, and blood vessels. Over time, high blood pressure can damage these organs and tissues. Abnormally low blood pressure ( hypotension ) may limit blood flow through tissues and organs of the body. This can also be harmful.
Blood pressure is measured at most visits to the doctor for adults and older children. It is not always measured in young children. It is often measured more frequently in people who have abnormal blood pressure, heart disease, and diseases of the lungs, brain, and kidneys. In some cases, your doctor may want you to check your blood pressure at home.