Knowing Your Numbers Might Save Your Life

Kelsey-Siebold Staff

Blood pressure is a key indicator for determining your risk of developing serious illnesses. Controlling your blood pressure can help safeguard your life.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common cardiovascular disease. Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure, along with heart disease, can be a contributing factor in causing a stroke, kidney disease, eye problems and a shortened life expectancy.

Blood pressure readings are determined by measuring the force of blood against vessel walls and recorded as two numbers written as a ratio.

Systolic, the top number, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats. Diastolic, the bottom number, measures pressure in the arteries between beats.

Blood pressure can vary from person to person, which is why it’s important to have a discussion with your personal physician to determine a blood pressure range that’s best for you.