Blood Pressure - The Basics

Your heart pumps blood around your body through a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries and then back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps.

Causes Of Hypertension

There is little doubt that there are probably thousands of people walking the streets today who have a dangerously high blood pressure, yet they are completely unaware of it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure leads to many different medical problems such as..

Blood Pressure Diagnosis and Measurement

Blood pressure is always given as two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures. Both are important. The systolic pressure is the first or top number, and the diastolic pressure is the second or bottom number.  If your blood pressure is 120/80, you say that it is "120 over 80".

Treatment of High Blood Pressure

At one time the treatment of high blood pressure (Hypertension), followed a very rigid approach. Nowadays doctors are much more relaxed about the way they approach the treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure in their patients, preferring a much more patient centred approach.

Reducing High Blood Pressure without Drugs

Non-pharmacological blood pressure reduction is the treatment of blood pressure without the use of drugs.  It involves making simple lifestyle changes more often than not diet and exercise and usually to control excess weight. This natural method of reducing blood pressure is the preferred treatment as it means you may end up with a normal blood pressure reading without having to resort to treatment by drugs.

Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure is a condition where a person's blood pressure is much lower than usual. This can cause symptoms such as dizziness lightheadedness or even collapse. When the blood pressure is too low, this means there is not enough blood flow to the heart, brain, and other vital organs of the body.

Types of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) affects up to 1 in 4 adults in the USA and this fact alone makes it a major public health problem. There are two types of high blood pressure..

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