Learn about hypertension.
Know Your Numbers.
Interpretation of the numbers on the sphygmomanometer.
The first number is the systolic blood pressure or the pressure of the blood on the walls of the arteries during heartbeats. This is the bigger of the two numbers for blood pressure measurements.
The second number, at the bottom, is the diastolic blood pressure or the pressure of the blood on the walls of the arteries between heartbeats.
Normal blood pressure is systolic less than 120 and diastolic less than 80.
Hypertension means a systolic pressure of 130 and more or a diastolic of 80 and more.
Hurry to see your doctor for check up and treatment for hypertension.
Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet on the ground.
Wear the cuff in the right or left arm at the level of the heart.
Adjust cuff to fit snugly without causing discomfort.
Turn on the sphygmomanometer to start the measurement.
Steps for a proper way to measure your blood pressure.
Modifiable causes of hypertension
Please take your medications correctly and see your doctor from time to time. Speak to your doctor before taking any new medicine.
Causes that are related to who you are.
Brain: Stroke is one of the complications of untreated hypertension.
Eyes: Impaired vision and blindness.
*Dangers of hypertension
Heart: Heart failure and heart attack lead to sudden death.
Kidneys: Kidney disease.
Arteries: Hardening or calcification of arteries.
*These complications are more likely and serious for those with diabetes and hypertension.