Your blood pressure is recorded with two numbers. The systolic pressure (higher number) shows the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body. The diastolic pressure (lower number) indicates the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels caused by narrowing or hardening of the arteries. Both are measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). If, when you're blood pressure is regulated, you're deemed to have high blood pressure, you could be at risk of all sorts of health conditions. Our GP service in Manilva wants you to know and understand these risks so that you make a change to your lifestyle and start to live healthier.
There will always be slight differences in everyone's blood pressure and what's considered, high, low or normal may change from person to person. The above numbers just provide a rough guide for you to be aware of. Our GP service in Manilva will talk you through what your blood pressure should be and if they think you might be at risk or any health issues as a result of your blood pressure.
Here are some of the risks our GP service in Manilva want you to be aware of so that you avoid raising your blood pressure by too much.
Healthy arteries are flexible and strong. Their inner lining is smooth to allow blood to flow freely around the body. If you have high blood pressure, the pressure of blood flowing through your arteries will gradually increase. This could lead to:
Your heart is responsible for pumping blood around your entire body. High blood pressure puts extra strain on your heart and leaves it vulnerable to various health conditions. These include:
Your brain needs to be nourished with a healthy blood supply to work properly and survive. Having high blood pressure can put extra pressure on your brain and lead to health issues such as:
Your kidneys are responsible for filtering excess fluid and waste from your blood. They depend on healthy blood vessels in order to perform properly. Having high blood pressure can cause:
Call on our GP service in Manilva to find out whether you’re at risk of developing high blood pressure and get all the advice you need on how to prevent or manage it.