Blood pressure: the optimum levels

Blood pressure: the optimum levels. Ideally blood pressure should be below 120 over eighty. This level is generally considered to be the optimum level for those who seek to have a good standard of health. At the level it has been found that patients, have a much lower risk of heart disease and/or stroke.

Of course, (120/80) what does this mean, how blood pressure measured? Firstly, blood pressure is defined as; ‘the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system, often measured for diagnosis since it is closely related to the force and rate of the heartbeat and the diameter and elasticity of the arterial walls’. Blood pressure is measured using a device called sphygmomanometer. That's the cool cuff kinda thing that goes around your upper arm.

If you find that your blood pressure is at the optimum level, that's great. But if not, there are some steps you can take to attaining the correct pressure and in turn improving your health. A website which you may find helpful is http://www.bpassoc.org.uk/BloodPressureandyou/Thebasics/Bloodpressure. On this site they run through all the basics of is blood pressure, what's the normal level and also higher and lower than normal levels. It will also give you some great advice about where you can go and what you can do to try and bring down your blood pressure.

It is important that you continually asses your blood pressure. Pay a visit to your local GP and ask him to asses you blood pressure on a regular basis. High blood pressure can be treated with medication, but it is vital that you know that you suffer from high blood pressure as it can be a major factor in heart attack and stroke.

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