Understanding Blood Pressure

Blood is carried from the heart to all parts of your body in vessels called arteries. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Each time the heart beats ( about 60–70 times a minute at rest) it pumps out blood into the arteries.  Your blood pressure is at its highest when the heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called the systolic pressure. When the heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure. This is written as 120/80.

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High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it, as a symptom, generally goes unnoticed. Some people may not find out they have it until they have trouble with their heart, brain, or kidneys. Long term high blood pressure is shown to correlate with:

The heart getting larger, which may lead to heart failure.  Small bulges called aneurysms to form in blood vessels throughout the body.  Blood vessels in the kidney to narrow, which may cause kidney failure.

Arteries or vessels throughout the body to "harden" faster, especially those in the heart, brain, kidneys, and legs. This can cause a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, or amputation of part of the leg.

Blood vessels in the eyes to burst or bleed, which may cause vision changes and can result in blindness.

In my experience, elevated Blood Pressure is often a symptom of needed lifestyle changes.  At Better Body Clinical Nutrition we don’t treat or diagnose hypertension, but by working with diet and increasing the overall health of the body great changes can be experienced in your functional health.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how blood pressure affects you!