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Understanding Your Blood Pressure Results

March 1, 2013 aboutbloodpressure High Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure results are an important way of keeping track of your blood pressure history. Blood pressure readings help your health care professional determine…

  • how well your heart and particularly your left ventricle is working as a pump…and
  • the amount of resistance encountered by your blood as it is forced through your arteries.

Your blood pressure reading can also potentially indicate..

  • The reduction of cross sectional diameter in your arterial system due to the build up of plaque in your arteries and..
  • loss of elasticity of the arterial wall as a result of the presence of that plaque.

This is what tends to happen as people age and may be at least partly responsible for the gradual rise in average blood pressure results throughout the average lifetime.

Having your blood pressure taken does not of course allow your health care professional to see inside your heart or your arteries but rather is a collection of number based evidence over the course of several readings that can indicate whether your heart and circulation is operating normally or outside of the normal range.

Do you know what your blood pressure is?

Here’s why you need to know.

According to the British heart foundation…

The risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease is directly related to your blood pressure results.

For example: If you are between the ages of 40 and 69 then for every increase of 20mmHg in your systolic blood pressure reading and 10mmHg in your diastolic reading your risk of death from coronary heart disease will double.

because an elevated blood pressure can be well controlled using a number of strategies, I’m sure you agree that having a blood pressure check makes a lot of sense.

Do you know how to read blood pressure results?

It’s simple enough to understand your own blood pressure readings and is really beneficial when you are taking steps to control your blood pressure….there’s no point aiming for something without a target!

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