Don't Skip this Beat

Why you should know your blood pressure numbers

Ever wonder why your blood pressure is one of the first things your CHI Health doctor checks when you go in for a visit? The numbers actually tell a story - of a heart working at the top of its game or a heart that needs an assist. It’s never too early to check. Nearly one in four adults aged 20 to 44 has high blood pressure.

“A physician can determine your risk for heart disease by checking for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and and performing other tests," said Naureen Rafiq, MD, CHI Health Primary Care Physician.

"Often the diagnosis starts with a conversation. What's your family history? Have you experienced any chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitations or blackout?"

Heart disease is preventable. Start by avoiding stress, getting a good night’s sleep, exercising, watching your diet and knowing your numbers.

Don’t know your numbers?

Find out for free CHI Health offers FREE blood pressure checks at Priority Care and Quick Care clinics - no appointment necessary. Visit any CHI Health Clinic Priority Care or Quick Care during regular business hours.

“Our goal is to make the blood pressure check quick and convenient with knowledgeable staff ready to provide support and answer questions,” said Darcy Jones, PA-C, CHI Health Physician Assistant.

To be seen, or not to be seen

“Are my symptoms serious enough?”  That’s the question many people asked during the height of the pandemic – unsure whether they should see a doctor. But signs of trouble are not always obvious. When in doubt, it’s always better to be seen.

Go now!

If you experience chest pain or any symptoms that could be related to your heart, call 9-1-1. CHI Health hospitals beat the national average on door-to-balloon times. That means if you are having a heart attack, faster life-saving care limits damage to your heart and increases chances of living longer.

Take our quiz online to learn about your heart health risk. Go to



Darcy Jones, PA-C

Quick Care

Naureen Rafiq, MD

Family Medicine