Blood Pressure Lab Report

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When the heart pumps blood through the blood vessels, the blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels, and such a force is defined as blood pressure. Blood pressure represents the rises and falls with the phases of the heartbeat, and the heart is at its highest during systole and at rest during diastole. The systolic pressure is the measurement of when the heart muscle contracts to force blood through the arteries, while the diastolic pressure is the measurement of when the heart is at rest between beats and lowers the blood pressure to its lowest value. A human is at healthy blood pressure when their systolic pressure is less than 120 mm Hg and diastolic pressure less than 80 mm Hg (American Heart Association 2014). However, when …show more content…
The trial showed that lowering systolic blood pressure to target goal of less than 120 mm Hg resulted in significantly lower rates of complications of hypertension by 30% and a lower risk of death by almost 25% as compared to a systolic blood pressure target of less than 140 mm Hg. However, in the trial, the intensive treatment did modestly increase the risk of serious adverse events. The serious adverse effects considered related to treatment were twice as frequent in the intensive therapy group as in the standard therapy group. Serious adverse effects included hypotension, syncope, acute kidney injury, as well as hyponatremia and hypokalemia. If this large study is duplicated with similar results, its implementation may not fully guarantee certain patients to reach the target systolic pressure – especially those who are diabetic, frailer, or are without cardiovascular …show more content…
In contrast, if the intensive therapy were to be implemented, it may require patients to take more anti-hypertensive drugs which may impact how often they visit their physician. Physicians also may not exercise caution in the pharmacologic management of blood pressure, and therefore, the physicians risk having their hypertensive patients lose stability from the multitude of medications prescribed. Certain patients also may not prefer or tolerate the therapy as well as the subjects did in the study. Funding for the intensive therapy may be costly for the health care system as well as for the patient, for the therapy will require various anti-hypertensive agents utilized in the study. The study also utilized azilsartan combined with chlorthalidone, and since these expensive branded agents were donated, real-world patients are not guaranteed health insurance coverage for such brand drugs. Besides the cost of the anti-hypertensive medications, the costs for miscellaneous things, such as transportation, must also be considered as

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