As blood moves through the body, it exerts a force on the walls of the blood vessels as it travels through them. This is blood pressure and is one of the most important ways that any medical professional can determine the health of their patient. Pressure is lower when it travels through arteries, veins and capillaries. However, the true measurement of blood pressure is determined by checking the pressure in the large arteries which are taking blood away and out from the heart.Blood pressure is measured as two numbers, one over the other:
- Systolic Pressure
- Diastolic Pressure
The first is pressure when the heart is beating (Systolic Pressure). The second is pressure when the heart is relaxing (Diastolic Pressure). The systolic pressure is written either before or above the diastolic number. There are many ways to reduce blood pressure. This article will explain some pressure measurement methods in order for you to understand if you need to reduce your blood pressure and how to.