Understanding Blood Pressure

A healthy blood pressure is an important part of staying alive. Blood pressure happens when your heart beats and pumps oxygenated blood through your body. Blood pressure is the force of this pumping. It is measured in two numbers, what is called systolic pressure which is the pressure of your blood pressing against your arteries when your heart beats and diastolic pressure, which is the natural pressure in your arteries when your heart relaxes between beats.

While blood pressure is necessary to keep us alive, it can malfunction just like any other part of the human anatomy. And so, people with high blood pressure, or on the rare occasion, pressure that’s too low, may be able to function on their own in society or may need to live in an adult family home.

Blood pressure is always measured in two numbers. These numbers represent systolic and diastolic pressures. Both are extremely important. For example, if your blood pressure is 120/80 that means that it is 120 systolic and 80 diastolic. This would be said as 120 over 80.

Blood pressure varies throughout the day. It is generally lowest when the person is asleep and highest during moments of physical activity, excitement or stress.

Hypertension is high blood pressure. Blood pressure is considered high when it is above 139/89. Hypertension, high blood pressure, can be a considerable problem if a person has diabetes or kidney disease. They may need to live in an adult family home in order to receive continuous care.

High blood pressure generally has no symptoms. Although it may cause the occasional headache. Hypertension can lead to such life threatening conditions as stroke, kidney failure, heat failure and heart attack. It can also lead to vision changes or even blindness.

There is such a thing as pre-hypertension, that is if your systolic pressure is above 120 but less than 140 and your diastolic pressure is above 80 but less than 90.

People with high blood pressure or pre-hypertension should consult their health care provider and take steps to lower their blood pressure and get it back down to normal or as close to normal as possible.

People with hypertension have a higher chance of developing high blood pressure. This can increase the chances of heart disease or stroke up to one-hundred percent in women and up to forty-five percent in men. So, lifestyle changes are required. Which may require living in an adult family home.