Knowing an understanding the importance of blood pressure. I had to find out and know the difference of systolic blood pressure vs. diastolic blood pressure – how important it was for my own health. We hear as kids people say “h he has high blood pressure….” not ever knowing what that meant. I think I thought he’s going to explode. Not funny. This is one of the reasons I fell in love with recumbent bikescardio-gym-equipment.

Systolic Blood Pressure What is it?

Systolic blood pressure is the pressure that is exerted on the walls of the arteries when the heart pumps. It is also known as hypertension. When I go to the Dr. and he measures my blood pressure OR I use a blood pressure monitor at home when I get my digital read out or the Dr. gets his or her read out it is the top number.

One way to think about it is to think of the burst of water when I turn on the garden hose full blast to spray the kids as they run through the yard. That pressure of the water is as if the heart were at it’s top blast to get the blood distributed throughout the body. Only in the garden hose the water pressure is at one constant flow. As, with the heart it pumps. That causes the flow to be erratic with the pump and lull before the next pump. When the heart is at rest between pumps the pressure is less.

Diastolic Blood Pressure What is it?

Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure exerted on the walls of the arteries when the heart is at rest between beats. That is the pressure as measured by my Dr. or myself and I get the readings or my Dr. gets the readings it is the low number of the reading. Thus termed the low blood pressure. It is known as hypotension. Hypotension is usually only diagnosed when it causes symptoms.blood-pressure-check-up

Importance of Knowing Both.

High blood pressure will cause the coronary arteries that bring oxygen into the heart to create a build up of plaque which narrows the passage way for the oxygen to be transported to the heart. Oxygen is the fuel the heart uses to make it beat. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which the inside of an artery narrows due to build up of plaque.

Hypertension can and does lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney problems, and heart attacks.

Low blood pressure can cause dizziness which can be very dangerous causing falls. When hypotension is present a person lying down and sitting up or standing up can create a lack of oxygen being pumped to vital organs throughout the body such as brain resulting in a stroke or to the heart causing a heart attack. Shock is the most dangerous symptom.

It is important to know what these differences are so I can take the necessary steps to keep both my high blood pressure and my low build pressure under control.

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How Exercise can and Does Make a Difference.

Regular exercise can make my heart stronger. When my heart is stronger it can pump more blood to all parts of my body with a lot less stress and effort. When I exercise on a regular basis my heart pumps with less force resulting in less pressure on the walls of my arteries. I currently take less blood pressure medicine as a result of this very thing. This didn’t happen overnight. Medical articles I researched said it takes about three or four months of regular exercise to have an impact on blood pressure.

Remember there is…. NO MAGIC!!! …. I had to continue and still do to this day my regular exercise routine to have my blood pressure stay. Benefits of lower pressure are only as good as my continuing the exercise.

Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least seventy-five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week or one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise

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Strokes and Heart Attacks

Blood pressure is something that doesn’t give you any outward signs that it is not were it should be. That’s why they call hypertension the “silent killer.”

Low blood pressure will show signs that you have a possible low blood pressure. Dizziness , confusion {especially in elderly}   cold or clammy hands. Blurred vision shortness of breath. Other things beside low blood pressure can be the result of these conditions.

Here’s the thing though both high and low blood pressure can cause heart attacks or strokes. That’s why we need to know enough about them to help keep heart attack or stroke from happening.


Recumbent Bikes Allowed Me to Exercise

Thank goodness for my recumbent bike. Because of the design of this piece of exercise equipment I was able to exercise enough each week to lose a lot of weight and get a lot of my health deficiencies back in order or at least under control. I want that for anyone who reads the article. I’m not a Dr. or physical trainer or some exercise. Just an ordinary person who had bad knees, was obese and who wasn’t able to exercise to create the life style I needed.

Hope this Has been Informative and Helpful