Stressful lives, lack of exercise and poor diet are contributing factors to hypertension and high blood pressure. Most people know about these risk factors and how to prevent them. The problem is that many patients who are at risk for hypertension and high blood pressure issues are missing vital knowledge. There are certain aspects of both illnesses that patients in potential high-risk categories should know about.
1. Hypertension and high blood pressure are one in the same. Though some doctors, nurse practitioners and medical articles may refer to them as separate issues they are, in fact, the same illness.
2. Each patient should know the two basic terms, which are systolic and diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure is how much force is behind the blood or the real pressure of the blood as it moves through the body. The diastolic pressure is the pressure between heartbeats. The systolic number is always given first when giving a blood pressure reading. An example is a reading of 120 over 80. The 120 is the systolic and the 80 is the diastolic. [Read more…]