Many of us have heard the importance of having a healthy blood pressure. If not from our own doctors, we’ve probably heard about it on TV or read about it in magazines and books. So what exactly is blood pressure and why is it so important to us?
Blood pressure refers to the pressure of the blood when it is pumped from the heart. There are two different types of blood pressure, the systolic and diastolic. Systolic blood pressure is used to define the pressure when the heart is fully exerted and the diastolic refers to the resting phase of blood pressure.
High blood pressure vs low blood pressure
Blood pressure is important because without it, no blood would be pumping through our bodies and to our vital organs and cells. Without this, we would die. But blood pressure that is too high or too low can lead to complication as well. High blood pressure is a common problem in the modern society that we live in. Causes of high blood pressure include the foods that people eat and partially due to the lack of exercise in the lives of many people.
High blood pressure is often due to narrowed arteries. This indicates that the blood has to work harder to pump blood throughout the body. This puts stress on the heart and can lead to heart damage or failure later on. Lowering high blood pressure should be a major health priority for anyone who has high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. There are a number of blood pressure medications on the market that are designed to help you do this.
Low blood pressure may mean that your heart is not working properly or that your body’s organs and cells are not getting enough oxygen, which is carried through the blood. This can lead to many problems as well. You can learn more about the symptoms of low blood pressure elsewhere in this website.
It’s never too early to begin managing your blood pressure and learning about healthy blood pressure. Children and teenagers can start taking care of their bodies and having a healthy blood pressure. These habits will remain with you as you grow older. It’s also never too late to start looking at your health. Find out where your blood pressure is today.
What is high blood pressure (hypertension) and why is it dangerous?
We hear a lot of talk about high blood pressure, or hypertension. But exactly what is considered high and why is high blood pressure so dangerous? High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous mainly because it causes the heart to pump too hard. When this happens for a long period of time, it can do severe damage to the heart. It also leads to a condition called atherosclerosis which is a hardening of the arteries.
High blood pressure is dangerous because it increases your risk of heart attack or stroke. These are the first and third leading causes of death for Americans. They are also high causes of death for people in other countries as well. Generally high blood pressure is a systolic reading of over 140 mmHg. There are other factors that are taken into consideration such as your past average blood pressure, age, medications and other medical conditions, however.
Identifying a high blood pressure symptom
You might be surprised to know that it’s hard to identify a high blood pressure symptom. When we refer to high blood pressure symptoms, we are actually talking about high blood pressure that has progressed to the point that it has caused other symptoms and reactions in the body. There are a number of possible causes of high blood pressure that are covered elsewhere on this website.
Often high blood pressure exists with no visible or recognizable signs or symptoms. This is why it is called the “silent killer.”
A high blood pressure symptom might be any one or more of the following
- headache and blurred vision.
Because many a high blood pressure symptom can also be caused by many other things, most people will not go to the doctor for it or will not connect it to high blood pressure.
Choosing a blood pressure monitor
If you’ve been told by your doctor that your blood pressure is too high or too low, you may want to start watching it closely. Taking your own blood pressure reading can be very simple. These days, it’s easy to find a blood pressure monitor or blood pressure “machine” located in grocery stores and other public places. Use of these blood pressure monitors is usually free.
If you can’t (or don’t care to) travel to a location that has a blood pressure monitor, you can often buy a home blood pressure monitor. These are readily available, inexpensive and simple to use. You can take your own blood pressure reading as often as you wish and keep a record.
Blood Monitor Features To Look For
The two most popular types of home blood pressure monitors on the market today are (electric and/or battery powered) automatic arm monitors, and automatic wrist monitors. Because tracking over time helps you better understand heart health, the Health Mate app stores all your BP readings, syncs with the Withings Health Cloud and creates an easy-to-understand chart. Fully-automatic measurement on the upper arm. Arm monitors come in three different sizes. With an automatic arm monitor, you simply wrap the cuff around your bicep and with the push of one button the cuff inflates and deflates automatically giving you your blood pressure reading on the display window in a matter of seconds.
- The automated BP monitor measures systolic and diastolic pressure, pulse rate and MAP in about 30 seconds.
- Volume adjustable respectively. possibility to turn off speaking function completely.
- You will need to measure your arm’s circumference halfway between your shoulder and elbow while standing with your arm hanging at your side.
- However, of these electronic devices, Weber and Sheps urge you to get a device that measures your blood pressure with a cuff around the arm.
- A unique manual mode allows measurement with your stethoscope using the auscultatory method.
- Large easy-to-read display.
- A circumference of 18-22cm requires a small cuff, 22-32cm requires a medium cuff, and above 32cm a large cuff.
Don’t buy one that works on the wrist, and definitely avoid finger blood pressure monitors, since they are especially unreliable. Integrated rechargeable battery enhances mobility and provides up to 200 measurements on a single charge. Average of last measured values Rapid measurement period. Wrist monitors usually only come in one cuff size. Includes a rechargeable battery, 9v AC adapter with US power cord, 8 ft. length of tubing, medium adult cuff, large adult cuff, operating manual on CD, Quick Start guide and ready reference card. Clinically tested in accordance with ESH. The American Heart Association has identified high blood pressure as measuring over 140/90 mmHg for adults over the age of 20, and pre-hypertension as 120/80 mmHg or above. (Anything below 120/80 mmHg is considered normal for adults over age 20.) The two numbers, by the way, refer to the pressure of blood against your blood vessel walls. Requires Mobile Stand or Desktop Caddy.
The Vive blood pressure monitor will measure your systolic blood pressure, your diastolic blood pressure, and your pulse rate. The top number is the systolic pressure, measured when the heart beats; the bottom number is the diastolic pressure, measured when the heart rests between beats. Since you’ll be tracking these metrics on your own, it’s important that your device has a large, easy-to-read display. The screen should is large enough for you to see while you’re wearing the device, and allows you to stay in a comfortable position while measuring, helping to ensure accuracy.