What Is Blood Pressure And Why Is It Important?

What Is Blood Pressure And Why Is It Important?

As your heart beats, it pumps blood through your blood vessels to your entire body, including your muscles, organs, and brain. This blood carries water, oxygen, and nutrients.

Like a supply train, your blood carries these essential elements to each system and part of your body. This supply train is powered by your heart. Like an engine powering a train, your heart is the engine that generates the needed force to push blood through your vessels to your entire body.

The measurement of this force is your blood pressure.

It is vital that your blood is pumped with enough force to carry it to all parts of your body. Therefore blood pressure that is too low can produce health problems.

Low blood pressure is called hypotension and can result in dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, and fatigue. While hypotension can be caused by underlying medical conditions, oftentimes, it is caused by dehydration.

When your blood does not contain enough water volume, pressure in your blood drops, resulting in lack of blood flow to your brain. This lack of blood flow to the brain deprives the brain of oxygen, leading to dizziness, lightheadedness, and possible mental confusion.

On the flip side, if your blood is pumped with too much force, this can create substantial strain and damage to your blood vessels, organs, eyes, heart, and kidneys.

High blood pressure is called hypertension, and while it can result in physical symptoms like headaches, shortness of breath, and dizziness, oftentimes signs of hypertension can go undetected.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is much more common than hypertension (low blood pressure) and is often considered more dangerous as it can do undetected and take years to develop.

Hypertension can be deadly. Hypertension is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. Hypertension can be caused by poor diet, lack of activity, stress, genetics, and aging.

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers.

The first number is the systolic pressure. Systolic pressure is the maximum force that is exerted when your heart is pumping blood.

The second number is the diastolic pressure. Diastolic pressure is the minimum force in your blood vessels when your heart is resting between beats.

The ideal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg.

See the chart below to for a reference on healthy and unhealthy blood pressure measurements.

Blood Pressure Chart

Blood pressure is best measured by a medical health professional. However, you can purchase at home testing products. In addition, many retail stores like grocery stores and pharmacies have blood pressure machines that can easily help you test your blood pressure. These machines are often free to use.

In Tari App, you can keep tabs on your blood pressure by logging your blood pressure on the Health Log and tracking progress over time on the Reports page.

Tracking Blood Pressure In Tari App

Blood pressure is often a key metric in determining your overall health. Tracking and monitoring your blood pressure is important, especially as your age. Start tracking your blood pressure in Tari App today!

Mayo Clinic

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