The Effects of High Blood Pressure Essay

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The Effects of High Blood Pressure Tiffany Blanding Eng/101 April 6, 2013 Laura Canton-David The Effects of High Blood Pressure Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure rises and falls during the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. High Blood Pressure is a common disorder in which the blood remains abnormally high. The medical term for High Blood Pressure is Hypertension. In this reading you will learn the types of Blood Pressure, the causes of High Blood Pressure and the cure for High blood Pressure. There are two types of Blood Pressures an individual has. Systolic blood pressure and Diastolic blood pressure. Systolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart beats. It is represented by the top number in a blood pressure reading on the blood pressure machine. To be considered high blood pressure the reading will be 140 or higher for systolic pressure. Diastolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. It is represented as bottom number in a blood pressure reading. The diastolic blood pressure is an important hypertension number. The higher the diastolic blood pressure the greater the risk for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. As people become older, the diastolic pressure will begin to decrease and the systolic blood pressure begins to rise and becomes more important. A rise in systolic blood pressure will also increase the chance for heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. Your physician will use both the systolic and the diastolic blood pressure to determine your blood pressure category and appropriate prevention and treatment activities. If your Systolic blood pressure reading is

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