Hypertension – high blood pressure essential facts and information

Check your blood pressure regularly
Check your blood pressure regularly

High blood pressure is very common. About 46% of Nigerians above 25 years of age have hypertension, and most of them do not know.
Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. It is determined by both the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

What is Hypertension?
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is defined as systolic blood pressure greater or equal to 140mmHg and diastolic blood pressure greater or equal to 90 mmHg (mmHG=millimetres of mercury).
You are diagnosed hypertensive when one or both readings are high; Systolic blood pressure is the pressure in the arteries as the heart pumps out blood while diastolic blood pressure is the pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes and refills with blood. Continue reading “Hypertension – high blood pressure essential facts and information”