Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Is when your blood pressure, the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels, is constantly too high.  Blood pressure in itself is a good thing because we all need it to survive. The problem is when your blood pressure is higher than Normal consistently; that is, your systolic blood pressure is greater than 120 mmHg and your diastolic is greater than 80 mmHg. High blood pressure does not give you symptoms, it is probably the medication that will give you side effects. That is one of the reasons why many people refuse to take their blood pressure medications. But uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to serious complications.

How your blood pressure & circulatory system work?

In order to survive and function properly, your tissues and organs need the oxygenated blood that your circulatory system carries throughout the body. The blood picks up oxygen from the lungs and distributes it throughout the body. When your heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through a network of tube-shaped blood vessels, which include arteries, veins, and capillaries. Once that happens, it gives a result of two forces: The first force (systolic pressure) occurs as blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries that are part of the circulatory system. The second force (diastolic pressure) is created as the heart rests between heartbeats. These two forces are each represented by numbers in a blood pressure reading (Normal systolic/Normal diastolic equal 120/80 mmHg).

Remember Any question you may have do not hesitate to ask your health care teams. Your doctor will make recommendations based on the type of hypertension you have, your health, and other factors. Your body is the Temple of God, please take good care of it.

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Dr. Jude Fabius Pharm.D
Dr. Jude Fabius Pharm.D

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