“But I feel fine,” answered Maria. “Many people do not know that they have high blood pressure because they have no symptoms,” she replied.
What about your blood pressure? Could your current life-style cause high blood pressure in the future? What can you do to keep your blood pressure under control?
Blood pressure is the force blood exerts against blood vessel walls. It can be measured using an inflatable rubber cuff, which is wrapped around the upper arm and connected to an apparatus that records pressure.
Two readings are obtained. For example: 120/80. The first number is called SYSTOLIC blood pressure because it indicates blood pressure during the heartbeat [SYSTOLE], and the second number is called DIASTOLIC blood pressure because it indicates blood pressure w…