Measuring Blood Pressure
Is A Simple Test
Measuring blood pressure is the only way to know if you have a problem. Most of us are familiar with measuring blood pressure. Anytime you donate blood they
do it. It is an initial step for being admitted to the hospital. Just watching a good bit of television can inform you concerning the procedure.
But what do the numbers actually mean?
There are two measurements in your blood pressure reading. The first is systolic blood pressure (SBP). It is the pressure that occurs as the heart beats to force blood through the
arteries. At this point your blood pressure is at it's highest.
When the heart is at rest the pressure is at its lowest. This lower number in a blood pressure reading is called the diastolic blood pressure (DBP). Normal blood pressure is defined as SBP below 120 mm Hg and DBP below 80 mm Hg. High blood pressure is defined as blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or greater.
The gray area between these stages also has a name. It is called pre-hypertension and
many researchers are beginning to pay it more attention. Pre-hypertension is defined as an SBP range of 120-139mm Hg and a DBP range of 80-90 mm Hg.
The reason pre-hypertension is becoming more of a concern is because those of us who have blood
pressure readings in this range are in a position to develop hypertension. This is
especially true if we are young. More children are approaching this pre-hypertension range indicating that they are going to have trouble with high blood pressure as adults.
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