As blood circulates through the body it exerts a certain amount of force on the walls of the veins and arteries. This is known as the blood pressure. A ratio is used to specify ones blood pressure, for example 120/80 mmHg. The first number (120) describes the blood pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts. This is your systolic pressure. The second number (80) is the diastolic pressure which occurs when the heart relaxes.
A healthy person’s blood pressure stays close to 120/80 mmHg while they are resting. During the day this reading will fluctuate based on their level of activity, emotions, diet, temperature and changes that prescription medication brings about.
Having your blood pressure checked is really quick and painless. Your doctor usually checks it everytime you see them. Your local pharmacy likely has a machine that you can use by dropping a few coins in it. There are also a variety of models that you can purchase and use in the convenience of your own home.
If you choose to take your blood pressure at home there are a few things you should know. Don’t bother taking your blood pressure if you have been exercising or are at an emotional high, one way or another. Make sure that your arm is elevated at close to the level of your heart. The best way is to sit down and elevate your arm on a table. The cuff is placed on your upper arm and inflated it until the mercury reading is between 180 and 210 mmHg. Now, the pressure is slowly released and the heartbeat is monitored. The first and last audible pulse are used to measure the blood pressure.
Low blood pressure usually indicates that you are healthy. In certain cases it might indicate that there is sickness, stress or an infection. Pregnant women often have low blood pressure as a natural side effect of pregnancy. High blood pressure is much more alarming. If it is not treated correctly more dangerous medical conditions can pop up. Stroke, heart attack and failing kidneys are among these.
There are many conventional medications that are used to treat high blood pressure. The problem is that they only treat the symptoms and not the underlying condition. Hawthorn, Ginkgo Biloba, Passiflora Incarnata and Viburnum Opulus are herbs that are known to lower the blood pressure. On top of that, they are beneficial to the health of the heart. If you choose to try a homeopathic route you should still consult your doctor before making changes to the plan they have laid out for you.
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