Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hypertension

Measuring BP

Hypertension

The pressure exerted by your blood on the walls of your arteries, after it has been pumped out is known as blood pressure. It is vital for sustaining oxygen as well as nutritional supplies to every cell of your body. Measured in mmHg (millimeter of mercury), it should read normal between 120 systolic and 80 diastolic (120/80mmHg) on majority of instances. Any reading taken by sphygmomanometer (an instrument for measuring your blood pressure) 140/90 mmHg or above persistently should be regarded as hypertension (high blood pressure), or being hypertensive.


When you put this in other terms, high blood pressure (hypertension) can be regarded as resistance of arterial walls to normal and smooth blood circulation in your body. Sometimes hypertension goes unchecked, unabated with consequences of effects on functioning of your of vital organs. The cognitive change, cardiac morbidity, renal functions and important sensory working of your body show decline and damage.

Fortunately enough, now a day’s awareness about hypertension has made it possible to be detected early in you and treated before any of the complication could surface. You will be diagnosed for hypertension, if your blood pressure measurement continuously or on several readings remains 140/90mmHg or above.

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