Living With BP Problem

How Do I Know If I Am Suffering From Hypertension?

Blood pressure is actually the pressure of blood against the walls of your arteries. It is a result of two forces. One force is created by the heart where it pushes the blood towards the arteries. The other force comes from the arteries as they resist the blood flow.

Blood pressure is measured in terms of mm Hg. If your blood pressure is below 120 over 80 mm Hg, then it is in acceptable limits. On the other hand, if your systolic pressure is in the range of 120 and 139 mm Hg and your diastolic pressure is in the range of 80 and 89 mm Hg, it means that you are suffering from pre-hypertension. It also means that you need to keep a close watch on your blood pressure levels and see for any further rise or fluctuations.

However, if your blood pressure reading is equal to or above 140 over 90 mm Hg then you are said to be suffering from high blood pressure or hypertension.