You might’ve heard several stories about people being diagnosed with high blood pressure.
You’ve probably thought numerous times, “Ah! So, what if their blood pressure’s a bit off the mark? No big deal!”.
Well, it turns out that it’s definitely a big deal.
A really big deal when it comes to your health.
So, let’s talk about what makes blood pressure so important.
Blood pressure is the pressure that the blood exerts on the arteries when your heart beats and relaxes.
If you’re a healthy adult, the reading on the blood pressure monitor should be around a hundred and twenty by eighty.
If it’s so, you can breathe easy.
Well, you’re fit! So, when does it begin to go wrong? Let’s find out.
We’re going to first take a look at what happens when your blood pressure too high.
Well, if it’s a little bit on the higher side, you probably have nothing much to worry about, yet, but if it’s too high, you’d better slow things down.
Untreated and consistently high blood pressure could lead to severe and often fatal conditions such as a heart attack or a stroke.
Here’s why this happens.
When your blood exerts too much pressure on your arteries, day in and day out, your arteries begin to get less flexible and weaker over time.
When the flexibility in your arteries decrease, your arteries could get narrower and ultimately clog up.
This causes restricted blood flow and your arteries might not receive as much blood as they need.
In time, the situation may lead to heart failure or a stroke.
In other scenarios, if the arteries become weaker, they might not be able to bear the strain that your blood exerts on them with every single heartbeat.
If the artery becomes so weak that it bursts, it’ll result in a heart attack or a stroke.
Now that you know how scary untreated high blood pressure could be, you’re probably thinking that it’s best if your blood pressure is kept as low as possible.
Well, that’s not quite right.
Abnormally low blood pressure, too, could be bad for your health.
Typically, if the upper number of your blood pressure’s less than ninety and the lower number below sixty, you’d be diagnosed with hypertension.
This could cause symptoms like dizziness, blurred vision, fainting, nausea, and fatigue.
If your numbers are drastically low, they could lead to fatal conditions as well.
Okay, so now I hope you understand how important your blood pressure is.
While high blood pressure could be more life-threatening, unusually low blood pressure’s also not desirable.
So what does all this mean?
It means you should be monitoring your blood pressure regularly.
If you notice consistent abnormalities, whether high or low, talk to your general physician about precautionary measures.
Remember, the first step to good health always comes from prevention.