What exactly is blood pressure?
|What is Hypertension|
Our heart pumps blood oxygen and nutrients through the arteries in your body blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls Blood travels around the body through blood vessels.
As it flows, it applies some pressure against the walls of the vessels, known as blood pressure (BP). When this pressure is consistently high, it is called high blood pressure or hypertension.
There are two readings that measure blood pressure, Systolic pressure & Diastolic pressure
Systolic pressure is the higher number that measures the force of blood being pushed around your body when your heart contracts.
Diastolic pressure is the lower number that measures the force of blood being pushed around your body when the heart relaxes.
Between beats, high blood pressure is when your blood pressure is always higher than it should be this is also known as hypertension and is usually diagnosed when your levels are always above 140.
You’ll generally be diagnosed with high blood pressure if your systolic blood pressure reaches between 130 and 139 mm Hg, or if your diastolic blood pressure reaches between 80 and 89 mm Hg. This is considered stage 1 hypertension.
Over 90 millimeters of mercury high blood pressure makes your arteries less stretchy and damages the walls of your arteries this makes it easier for fatty deposits to build up and limits the circulation of blood and oxygen this can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
What is Hypertension