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What Is "Blood Pressure"?

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High Blood Pressure

What is “Blood Pressure?” – Blood pressure is the force or pressure on the artery walls as your blood circulates in your body.  

The top number or Diastolic indicates when the heart is contracting and pumping the blood.

The bottom number or Systolic indicates when the heart is relaxing and filling with blood.

Most people’s blood pressure measures less than 140/90. Anything higher than these numbers is considered by Health Canada as “high” blood pressure. If you have diabetes your blood pressure is considered “high” if it is equal to or greater than 130/80.

If not treated, high blood pressure can lead to serious problems like heart attack and stroke.

Most people with “High” blood pressure do not have any symptoms. It is important to have a routine physical completed by your doctor. While some high risk factors cannot be controlled – like age and family history – you can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure by eating a healthy diet low in sodium, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking.

If you have concerns about your blood pressure or any other health issue, please come see and talk to one of the Parish Nurses.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

                                                                                                                 Proverbs 4: 23

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