# 5.14: Why is Blood Pressure Measured?

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• A person’s blood pressure provides insight into the functioning of the body
• Healthy body functioning is influenced by healthy blood pressure
• The findings can provide information about the integrity of arteries and heart functioning, which can lead the healthcare provider to conduct additional assessments
• High blood pressure can cause the arteries to become weak and damaged and cause the heart to become weak and enlarged
• Low blood pressure can decrease perfusion of nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, influencing ability to function and potentially to cellular death
• Chronic high blood pressure can contribute to conditions such as vascular disease, myocardial infarction, cerebral stroke, kidney disease, and dementia

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