Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. It constitutes one of the critically important signs of life or vital signs which include heart beat, breathing and temperature. Blood pressure is generated by the heart pumping blood into the arteries modified by the response of the arteries to the flow of blood. An individuals blood pressure is expressed as systolic/diastolic blood pressure, for example, 120/80. Explaining what systolic and diastolic blood pressure mean, the website states that systolic blood pressure, which is the top number, represents the pressure in the arteries as the muscle of the heart contracts and pumps blood into them.
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Correction: Blood Pressure Story
If blood pressure is a concern, putting on a cuff could help. A new study concluded that those who regularly monitor their blood pressure at home have better numbers than those who don’t. The National Institutes of Health defines high blood pressure as readings higher than 140 systolic (the top number)/ 90 diastolic (the bottom number). In the study, researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston found that people who monitored their blood pressure at home improved their systolic numbers by 3.9 points and their diastolic by 2.4 points. Of course, anyone with high blood pressure should be under a doctor’s care. Home blood-pressure monitors can be found at retailers such as Walmart and Target. Amazon.com also has a large selection of monitors.
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Can Debt Raise Your Blood Pressure?
A corrected version of the story is below: No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure Big blood pressure improvements seen with no copays, easier-to-use pills, researchers report By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide. Those efforts were part of a big health care provider’s eight-year program, involving more than 300,000 patients with high blood pressure. At the beginning, less than half had brought their blood pressure under control. That increased to a remarkable 80 percent, well above the national average, the researchers said.
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Test blood pressure at home for good health
Heres what it found: 20 percent of participants said they would still be in debt even if they liquidated all assets. A high debt-to-asset ratio was associated with high perceived stress (12 percent higher than average), depression (13 percent higher) and worse self-reported general health. Those with high debt had a 1.3 percent increase in diastolic blood pressure compared with the average which is a bigger deal than it might sound. A two-point increase in diastolic blood pressure, for example, is associated with a 17 percent higher risk of hypertension and a 15 percent higher risk of stroke, the study says. Perceived stress, depression and general health were gauged by questioning participants, so those values are based on self-reported information. That means theyre a little fuzzy and prone to error.
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