Heart Health

Blood PressureWhen I go to the doctor for my yearly checkup, I’ve come to expect certain tests. I know they’re going to weigh me, they’re going to draw some blood, and they’re going to put a weird inflatable cuff on my arm. I’m told this is to check my blood pressure, but for all I know it’s to see how much they can squeeze my arm before I start frowning at the doctor.

And I understand some of these things—they need to know if my weight has changed and find out the cholesterol situation in my blood—but what exactly does the blood pressure cuff do? After they use it, the doctor will usually tell me some numbers that mean nothing to me and then make a note on my chart.

So what exactly do those numbers mean? Why is it important to measure your blood pressure at all? If you’ve ever wondered about this, the infographic below, designed by USANA’s own, Taylor Romney, is a great place to start looking for answers.

If you find this infographic useful, be sure to share it with your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You never know who else might be completely mystified by that weird blood pressure cuff.

Demystifying Blood Pressure

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