to Read Blood Pressure
how to read blood pressure is very important especially if you suffer
from the condition. Hypertension can be
dangerous and could threaten your life so is essential that
you know all that you can about the condition.
Naturally the blood moves through the body as a result of
the pumping effort of the heart. If the pressure of the blood is too
high it can damage the artery walls and several organs of the body;
when it is too low it can also be very harmful since the blood
won’t be able to deliver enough oxygen to the body.
or high blood pressure generally will not present any symptoms at all.
So is very important to understand the readings on a monitor. Normally when the doctor indicates that you have high blood
pressure it means that it is constantly over the 120/80 mmHg
First you must understand
what this number means when learning how to read blood pressure:
number in the top is known as the systolic blood pressure
the bottom one is the diastolic. The systolic blood
pressure is the one that the heart exerts when is contracting
(which is why the number is higher).
The diastolic pressure is
exerted by the heart when is relaxed (the bottom number is
smaller because the pressure is smaller).
blood pressure is known to be 120/80 mmHg for the time being. This
scale can be adjusted as new studies arise. Depending on how high is
your reading your hypertension will be defined in one of the different
stages of hypertension. Once your blood pressure goes over the average
reading and gives a lecture like 121/81 mmHg you are considered to have
prehypertension. The main 4 stages of hypertension are divided in
increments of 20 mmHg for the systolic blood pressure and 10 mmHg for
the diastolic one.
When the blood pressure reaches the 140/90
mmHg reading it can be considered stage 1 hypertension. Stage 2 of this
condition is reached once your reading reflects a 160/100 mmHg.
your reading is between the stage 1 and stage 2 you have mild high
blood pressure. The third stage of the disease starts at 180/110 mmHg
and the final one is 200/120 mmHg. Understanding how to read blood
pressure can save your life especially if at any moment you get a
reading of 180/110 mmHg or above. If you get a lecture close to that you
will have to call your doctor or get someone to take you to the
hospital immediately to prevent serious damage to your organs.
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