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- Blood Pressure: How much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls
- Systolic Blood Pressure: how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats
- Diastolic Blood Pressure: How much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats
1.. Why does your blood pressure increase as you age?
Blood pressure may rise as you age due to increasing stiffness of large arteries, long-term build-up of plaque and an increased incidence of cardiac and vascular disease.
2.. Which reading is more important: Systolic or Diastolic?
The answer is both. An elevated systolic or diastolic blood pressure alone may be used to make a diagnosis of high blood pressure. Also, according to recent studies, the risk of death from ischemic heart disease and stroke doubles with every 20 mm Hg systolic or 10 mm Hg diastolic increase among people from age 40 to 89
3.. When will doctors begin to consider prescribing medicines to control your blood pressure?
When you have stage one hypertension, doctors will begin to intervene by recommending lifestyle changes and may consider prescribing medicines to control your blood pressure
4.. For a person with normal blood pressure (below 120/80), how often should you measure your blood pressure?
If your blood pressure is normal (less than 120/80 mm Hg), your blood pressure should be screened during regular healthcare visits at least once every two years for anyone 20 years of age or older
5.. How is the diagnosis of high blood pressure confirmed?
A single high reading does not mean that you have high blood pressure.Your doctor may take several readings over time and/or have you monitor your blood pressure at home before diagnosing you with high blood pressure REFERENCES
1.. American Heart Association. How High Blood Pressure is Diagnosed [Internet]. American Heart Association [updated Nov 2017; cited 18 Nov 2017]. Available from: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/KnowYourNumbers/Understanding-Blood-Pressure-Readings_UCM_301764_Article.jsp#.WhATnLF7F-U