Best Treatment Option - What is a High Blood Pressure?
said heart pumps blood around the body through the blood vessels. Blood pressure is the amount of force exerted on the artery walls by the pumping blood.
High blood pressure -hypertension means that your blood is pumping with more force than normal through your arteries. Stress on the arteries can accelerate the silting of arteries with fats (atherosclerosis). High risk for atherosclerosis are cigarette smoking and high blood cholesterol food and drinks. Atherosclerosis contributes to many illnesses, such as heart attack and stroke. Hypertension is a common disorder of the circulatory system.
Blood pressure is measured in two ways:
Systolic - the highest pressure against the arteries as the heart pumps. The normal systolic pressure is usually between 110 and 130 mm Hg.
Diastolic - the pressure against the arteries as the heart relaxes and fills with blood. The normal diastolic pressure is usually between 70 and 80 mm Hg.
Most people with hypertension feel okay:
Hypertension usually does not produce any symptoms, because the organs of the body can resist high blood pressure for a long time. That's why it's important to have regular medical examinations to make sure your blood pressure isn't creeping up as you grow older. High blood pressure over a period of time can contribute to many illnesses, including:
An unhealthy lifestyle can cause hypertension:
Factors which can contribute to high blood pressure include:
Lack of exercise
The effects of high blood pressure on the arteries are worsened by:
High levels of saturated fat Food
High blood cholesterol
Responses to some types of stress may affect both blood pressure and changes in the arteries..
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