Blood Pressure Rate

High blood pressure rate is one of the most prevalent health problems affecting a large portion of the American population, apart from the epidemic of obesity. According to American Heart Association, high blood pressure rate affects one out of every three Americans. Further, there are around 28 percent of Americans suffering from prehypertension, characterized by blood pressure between normal and elevated. Especially, those with a family history of heart diseases are most likely to suffer from high blood pressure.

The consequences of high blood pressure rate make it more essential to monitor the conditions regularly. High blood pressure would cause the heart to overwork itself to a point at which serious damages may take place. There are instances where the heart muscle thickens (called hypertrophy) and it functions abnormally. Further the heart may also dilate and contract less forcefully (called dilated cardiomyopathy). Moreover, high blood pressure conditions may also lead to injury to the brain (stroke), the kidneys (nephropathy) and the eyes (retinopathy), in some cases the delicate arteries are damaged by the increased pressure.

Examining the blood pressure rate would let you know about the status of your health and how stressful is your life. In most cases the doctors check the blood pressure to see how you are doing. Traditionally, the doctors use sphygmomanometer to measure the blood pressure rate.

A sphygmomanometer is cuffed on your arm and pumped up as it becomes tighter and tighter. There is a pressure gauge attached to it which the doctors and nurses use to determine the blood pressure readings. However, the latest electronic blood pressure rate monitors are simple and user-friendly. You have to just attach the cuff properly and push the button. The rest of the work would be done by the machine.

The figures appear on the LCD display which you can track to check your blood pressure. This could be a great choice for the elderly people and those who require monitoring their blood pressure regularly. The normal blood pressure rate is 120/80 mm Hg. However, the most ideal blood pressure rating is about 115/75 mm Hg.

In the recent times, the medical establishments define the condition of “prehypertension” as blood pressure between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm Hg. Identifying patients of prehypertension is more important as such people suffer risk of developing high blood pressure. Adults with blood pressure rate over 140/90 mm Hg suffer from hypertension and are highly vulnerable to heart disease and stroke.

Those of you suffering from conditions of high blood pressure must visit a doctor immediately and start planning to manage their high blood pressure.

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