In the Professional Medical Assistant program and the Dental Assistant training program, students learn how to measure blood pressure and why it is important
Have you ever wondered why every doctor’s visit seems to start with getting your blood pressure taken? In the Professional Medical Assistant program and the Dental Assistant training program at the Harris School of Business, students learn how to take vital signs, including blood pressure.
Why is taking blood pressure so important? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it is important, because high blood pressure generally has no symptoms, but it can be a serious condition. Diagnosing high blood pressure early and treating it properly can help to prevent heart disease, stroke, eye problems, or kidney disease.
The Center for Disease Control offers recommendations for maintaining a good blood pressure. The CDC suggests the following:
- Reduce your intake of salt
- Have your blood pressure checked and then monitor it regularly
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Exercise regularly
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Don’t smoke
- Watch your alcohol intake (no more than two drinks per day for men or one drink per day for women)
- If you have been prescribed blood pressure medication, take it as directed
- If you have trouble with medication side effects, talk to your health care professional about other medications you can try
In addition to studying blood pressure, students in the Professional Medical Assistant program learn how to take other vital signs too, such as temperature and weight, in addition to performing more advanced tests such as electrocardiograms (EKGs). All of these measurements are important in identifying potential health risks for patients.
If you are interested in learning more about the Professional Medical Assistant program at the Harris School, all it takes is a few moments to call us at 1.800.510.7920. The Harris School offers a range of programs in the field of health care, including Dental Assistant, Massage Therapy, Health Claims Specialist (medical billing), and more. If you are considering a new career path, consider Harris!