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The Importance of Consistent Monitoring of Blood Pressure

May 6, 2018 by FDAdmin
Pretty much every adult over a certain age has heard “The Speech” from your doctor on the importance of maintaining healthy blood pressure and its benefits for overall health.  High blood pressure can be the precursor of and the cause of various forms of heart disease, stokes and a myriad of additional health issues.  Even if you believe yourself to be the epitome of perfect health, blood-pressure monitoring MUST BE part of your health routine. To the average person (non-medical professionals), the reason behind the importance of blood-pressure (BP) monitoring are not always clear.  That is why it is helpful to understand exactly what BP is and what those numbers mean.  As in, what is my doctor saying when he/she says: “Your BP is 174 over 92”. Blood pressure (BP) is defined as: The pressure of the blood against the inner walls of the blood vessels, varying in different parts of the body during different phases of contraction of the heart and under different conditions of health, exertion, etc. The first step to understanding BP and whether yours is high, low or a healthy level is having a basic idea of what the numbers mean.  BP is measured using a combination of two numbers, usually displayed in a way that will remind most people of fractions: 123/68 or 194/98, etc.  But it is important to realize that these are not fractions and are in fact two separate numbers that represent two distinct measurements: Systolic/Diastolic. Systolic blood pressure (the upper number) — indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats. Diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) — indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats. For a more complete explanation and to better understand what we talked about so far in this post, be sure to visit this link from the website of the “American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/KnowYourNumbers/Understanding-Blood-Pressure-Readings_UCM_301764_Article.jsp#.WfYm1hNSyTd In addition to your GP and Cardiologist, the professionals at Fanwood Pharmacy are a great resource in your fight to obtain and keep a healthy blood pressure.

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