Important Facts About High Blood Pressure

April 29, 2011 admin 0 Comments

High Blood Pressure also known as Hypertension is a cardiovascular disease where your blood vessels become tight and constricted, forcing your heart to pump harder to move blood through your body.  Cardiovascular disease causes coronary heart disease (heart attacks), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), raised blood pressure (hypertension), peripheral artery disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and heart failure.

There are several risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as tobacco use, high blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes and an unhealthy diet.  Blood pressure is normally recorded in two numbers which are Systolic and Diastolic.

Systolic Pressure is the top number.  It represents the pressure when your heart muscle contracts to pump blood to the body.  Diastolic Pressure is the bottom number that measures the pressure between beats when your heart relaxes.

The chart below reflects blood pressure categories

Chart courtesy of American Heart Association


Why We Need To Monitor At Home?

Home monitoring is one way to track the changes in our blood pressure everyday.  Our blood pressure in the morning can be significantly different than at night.  By using an accurate monitor at home, you’ll be able to detect and track the changes in your blood pressure.


What Are The Effects of High Blood Pressure?

Effects of High Blood Pressure and its damages to our body. Let’s review this video together.