High Blood Pressure Essay

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Hypertension (High-Blood Pressure) Ever since my dad reached his mid-thirties he has had to deal with his high-blood pressure. Not only does my dad have high-blood pressure, but so does my dad’s two brothers and mother. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, happens when this force is too high.” Blood pressure is measured with the use of a gauge, stethoscope, and a blood pressure cuff which is the thing that wraps tight around your arm like a python. When someone is measuring blood pressure they are looking for the systolic pressure which is blood pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood and diastolic pressure which is blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. When these two pressure are figured out the numbers are recorded like a fraction with the systolic pressure over top of the diastolic pressure. A normal blood pressure should be 120/80 mm Hg or less, so…show more content…
The only true indicator to having high blood pressure is measuring actually measuring your blood pressure and seeing the numbers. Referencing the American Heart Association, “There 's a common misconception that people with high blood pressure, also called HBP or hypertension, will experience symptoms such as nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping or facial flushing. The truth is that HBP is largely a symptomless condition.” My dad always complains about how the high blood pressure affects him by making him stressed, but what I believe is that thinking about his blood pressure is what makes him stressed not the disorder itself. One symptom my dad has always showed with his high blood pressure though is that he gets nosebleeds very easily even when he is just laying around
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