Understanding Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is defined as the pressure which is exerted on the walls of the arteries when there is circulation of blood. Each time the heart pumps out blood there is an increase in blood pressure at the entrance of the arteries.
There is a decrease when the blood moves away from the arteries. During each measurement, blood pressure is assigned a maximum value and a minimum value. The maximum value is defined as systolic pressure. The normal level is 120mm Hg. The minimum value is defined as diastolic pressure. It is considered normal when it is 80mm Hg or lower.
Blood pressure is usually measured with the help of a device called sphygmomanometer. A person’s blood pressure is measured on the upper arm. The brachial artery which carries the circulating blood away from the heart is located at this particular place.
The measurement is usually presented as systolic pressure over diastolic pressure. For example, 120/80 mm of Hg is one of the common measurements for a person with normal blood pressure. Any change in the value will show either an increase in blood pressure or a decrease in blood pressure.
Hypertension is another term used to define high blood pressure. There is no particular age for the occurrence of hypertension. It depends on factors such as the person's food habits, activities carried out throughout the day, stress levels and health problems. These lead to either a decrease or increase in blood pressure. There are many reasons why a person may have hypertension.
The main reason is considered to be increasing stress levels. Stress has a direct effect on the heart. It stimulates the pumping of blood at a rapid pace increasing the heart rate. A sudden rush of adrenaline increases the pressure on the heart which may lead to a heart attack.
It is very important that a person takes care of his health in order to stay away from unwanted ailments. A person who is affected with HBP will have to carefully control it and have constant health checkups to keep the measurements at required levels. This is only possible with complete control of diet and of stress levels.
The best way to reduce stress levels is to do exercises. You can also take medication. It is time that people suffering from blood pressure underwent treatment in order to bring back their level of blood pressure to normal for maintaining good health.
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