Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood inside an artery. If your blood pressure is higher than normal on two or more occasions after an initial screening, you may have high blood pressure (hypertension). A blood pressure measurement is taken by temporarily stopping the flow of blood in an artery (usually by inflating a cuff around the upper arm) and then listening for the sound of the blood beginning to flow through the artery again as air is released from the cuff.
Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to helping you and your family with information about blood pressure. Below are some resources that we think you will find helpful. You can pick-up additional pamphlets, brochures, videos or tip-sheets in any of our Health Education Centers.