High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension means the heart has to work harder in order to get the blood circulated throughout the whole body. This places a strain on the arteries and can cause major health conditions throughout the body. Of all the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure is one of the greatest.
A Blood pressure reading consists of 2 numbers. The first figure is the systolic blood pressure, the pressure there is in the arteries when your heart is contracting. The second, or lower figure, is the diastolic blood pressure, which is the pressure in your arteries between heart beats. Normal blood pressure is measured at 120/80. High blood pressure is anything above 140/90. Blood pressure is completely unique to the individual and will vary throughout life and from day to day, depending on age, activities participated in, your lifestyle including what you eat and drink, recreational and prescribed drugs and stress to name but a few.