Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure being pumped by your heart and the pressure being maintained in your arteries. The arteries are the pipes that allow blood to be pumped throughout the body delivering oxygen and other nutrients. It is vital for a normal metabolism, organ and brain function that this pressure is adequate and uninterrupted.
A blood pressure monitor, measures pressures within the arteries at two different times. Systolic pressure, measures the pressure when the heart is pumping blood to the body through the arteries and diastolic pressure, measures the pressure within the arteries when the heart is receiving blood returning from the body.
Blood Pressure Measurements
Blood pressure measurement is listed with two numbers with 120/80 being regarded as normal. The120 is the systolic blood pressure, which is when the heart is pushing blood through the arteries and 80 being the diastolic blood pressure when the heart is refilling.
In people with a normal blood reading pressure, the arterial walls are flexible. In patients with high blood pressure (hypertension), the artery walls are not as flexible and cause increased resistance to blood flow. The result of this requires the heart to beat more forcefully and increases the pressure of blood leaving the heart.
Blood Pressure Readings
The above chart assumes the values are a result of averaging blood pressure readings measured at two or more readings. The time of day affects the blood pressure.
The good news is that you can take steps to prevent high blood pressure, or to treat it if it is already high. If you would like further information on how to manage blood pressure please call one of our Health Promotion experts on 01 8600444
Blood Pressure Management Course
The HealthReach Blood Pressure Management Course is designed to work in a natural way to modify lifestyle choices selected to reduce the health risks associated with abnormal blood pressure.
The course shows in a practical way how to simply modify your current diet and exercise plan to deliver significant health benefits. Three meetings with our Nutritionist and a small amount of practical home work is all it takes.
The course is suitable for people on medication to reduce blood pressure and for those who have a family history of abnormal blood pressure. To find out more please contact one of our Health Promoters by pressing the link.