When you visit your doctor for your annual physical, your doctor will measure your blood pressure in addition to vital signs. You must have experienced the feeling of having a blood pressure meter strapped to your arm, but most of us do not know what the readings mean. This article will help you to learn more about the blood pressure of men and the risk high blood pressure possess.
The blood pressure of a person is determined by the actual pressure of the blood circulating against the walls of the veins, arteries, and the chambers of the persons heart. This pressure result from two factors; By the heart as it pumps blood into the arteries and secondly the force of the arteries as they resist blood flow.
Blood pressure is usually measured by the galvanometer and the readings of this meter is expressed in two figures. The first is the systolic pressure which is measured when your heart is contracting, while the second is the diastolic pressure which is measured when the heart is relaxed.
To understand more about this reading, you would need to know what a healthy blood pressure is. The pressure of the blood in the aorta, the large artery of the heart, and the other large arteries of a healthy adult is usually 120 mm Hg during contraction of the heart, and 80 mm Hg when they hear is relaxing. For male adults, a normal blood pressure reading can be anywhere within 120/70 to 140/90. When the readings happen to be consistently 140/90 and above the blood pressure of such a person can be considered as being high and would indicate the need for medical intervention. When this reading is consistently high, the patient will be diagnosed with hypertension and begin to receive treatment. Though you would also need to keep it in mind that your blood pressure changes frequently to meet your body’s various needs, so it is normal for blood pressure readings to fluctuate during the day. It is normal for your blood pressure
to increase during exercise and for it to decrease when you are asleep. This makes it a wise option for you to have a sphygmomanometer at home because checking your blood pressure only during doctor’s visit can give you inaccurate results as increased daily stress can give you a falsely high reading.
If your blood pressure remains high without you receiving proper medications to calm it down this can lead to serious health problems like a heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease or stroke.
The factors that puts you at risk for having a high blood pressure are; Smoking, high cholesterol, being overweight, having diabetes, family history, stress and not doing enough exercises. Though high blood pressure is more common among men above the age of 50.
This sickness does not usually give warning signs, so you can have high blood pressure and still feel perfectly well making it a “silent killer.” that is why it is strongly advised you check your blood pressure frequently.