Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in the circulatory system and a measure of force that your heart uses to pump blood throughout your body. It is also a force of blood against the artery walls that helps to transport the blood from your heart to different body parts through arteries.
A simple Definition
The force your heart uses to pressure the artery walls to pump blood through the arteries is called blood pressure.
Types of Blood Pressure
There are two types of blood pressure that you must know.
- High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
- Low Blood Pressure
What is High Blood Pressure?
High Blood pressure, also called hypertension, is related to unhealthy lifestyles such as drinking too much alcohol and not exercising enough. Leaving your High blood pressure untreated can increase the risk of developing serious long-term health issues such as kidney and heart disease.
What is low blood pressure?
Although low blood pressure is less common, it can be caused by various conditions such as dehydration or heart failure. A few medicines can also become the reason for low blood pressure when they show their side effects.
How is blood pressure measured?
Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) using two numbers.
Systolic blood pressure: The first number that measures the pressure in your arteries when the heart beats.
Diastolic Blood Pressure: The second number that measures the pressure in your arteries when the heart rests between the beats.
Note: The normal number for blood pressure is less than 120/80mmHg.