What is Blood Pressure?
During each heartbeat, blood pressure varies between a maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) pressure.The force of blood against the artery walls.High Blood Pressure (hypertension) = too much force; the heart is working too hard.
What do Blood Pressure numbers mean?
Bottom number (diastolic) = the pressure when your heart is resting. Top number (systolic) = the pressure when your heart is beating.
What are the potential risks from High Blood Pressure?
Damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes and other vital organs. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure and kidney failure. Here are a few blood pressure monitors that we recommend.