Did you know that there are two numbers that are being read when it comes to your blood pressure? When it comes to your blood pressure it is important that you know exactly what the numbers mean. Many times we assume we know if our blood pressure is high or low, or we wait for the doctor to tell us, but it is incredibly important, as we age, to truly understand the dynamics of blood pressure and to check our own blood pressure.
Heart Tip: Once a week, make it a point to check your blood pressure yourself. Every local pharmacy has a blood pressure testing unit – use it! Download an app to keep track of your blood pressure over time. This will help you not only become familiar with your body and heart, but will keep the thought of healthy heart always in the back of your mind!
1. Systolic is the top number of your blood pressure and is the higher of the two numbers. The systolic reading measures the pressure in the arteries when your heart beats. This is when blood is pumped in your arteries and through your circulatory system.
2. Diastolic is the bottom number of your blood pressure and is the lower of the two numbers. The diastolic reading measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. This is when your arteries resist blood flow.
4. When it comes to high blood pressure there are actually two stages. During stage 1, your systolic reading is between 140-159 and your diastolic reading is between 90-99. In stage 2, your systolic reading is 160 or higher and your diastolic reading is 100 or higher.
5. If your blood pressure happens to rise above 180 for systolic and higher than 100 for diastolic, it is very important that you go to the emergency room for medical care.
6. Your blood pressure changes every minute with every heartbeat and every time your heart relaxes between beats. Do not be alarmed if your blood pressure rises during exercise, this is normal, but should return to normal readings after your exercise.
7. Some things that may lead to high blood pressure can be smoking, being overweight, lack of physical activity, stress, old age, genetics, too much sodium, too much alcohol, or kidney disease.
8. Causes for low blood pressure could be a reduced volume of blood, heart disease, and certain medications.
9. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for high blood pressure because diabetes can cause damage to your blood vessels, making it harder for your blood to flow properly, which in return causes your blood pressure to go up.
Blood pressure is one of those things we hear an awful lot about, but very rarely do we actually understand it’s meaning and it’s insane important. Have questions? Looking for a natural solution to keep that blood pressure low as you age? Contact us today!