Definition:Blood pressure abbreviates as BP refers to the pressure exerted by circulating blood on the walls of the blood vessels. BP is expressed in termsof the systolic (maximum during heart contraction) over the diastolic (minimum during heart relaxation). The approximate figure for normal resting blood pressure of an adult is 120/80 mmHg (a unit of measuring pressure, millimeters of mercury). A device known as a sphygmomanometer is used to measure BP.
Why Blood Pressure Matters
Blood Pressure as a Vital Sign
Clinically speaking, blood pressure is a vital sign.It may vary with physical activity, situation, disease state, age, weight, gender and overall health, but it remains an indicator of the patient’s body state of health used for assessment, providing a link to possible disease and showing progress toward recovery.
Take for instance, HealthReachTM, a system by Connected Health Limited. It’s a lifestyle and health management solutions provider that helps you track BP, as one of the vital health signs measurement, for monitoring health progress and detecting early signs of a deteriorating health. In addition to blood pressure, it helps in recording blood glucose, heart rate, body weight and ECG data.
Blood Pressure Disorders
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Uncontrolled high blood pressure is injurious to your health and may worse lead to death. Chronic hypertension is considered the most risky factor for other ailments such as kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. It doesn’t vividly show out in the form of symptoms thus the need for frequent monitoring by use of such effective systems as HealthReachTM provides.
Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension): It’s characterizedby blood pressure that’s abnormally low.
Fluctuating Blood Pressure:It’s signaled by excessive or maladaptive fluctuation of blood pressure.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other complications. If inappropriately managed, high blood pressure may damage to your arteries, heart, brain, kidney and many other complications. Symptoms of high blood pressure usually appear into years of having lived with it undetected. By then it would have made quite a mess of your vital body parts thus the need for keen and close monitoring of high blood pressure; HealthReachTM can do exactly that. We recommend that you take charge of your blood pressure by embracing such innovative technologies as HealthReachTM, it’s a system committed to empowering you and your family members to make your lifestyle and health better in an effective, responsive and cost efficient manner.