High Blood Pressure And Hypertension Essay

810 Words May 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is high enough that it can eventually cause health problems. When the heart beats, is crates pressure that pushes blood through the arteries. Blood pressure is the result of this “push”, or force. There are two forces; one occurs when the blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries and the second occurs as the heart rests between beats. These two forces each represent the numbers in a blood pressure reading. (heart.org, 2014) Hypertension occurs when an individual’s blood pressure exceeds 140/90 over a period of time. (FarlexPartnerMedicalDictionaryforHealthConsumers, 2007) The top number signifies the pressure in the arteries, and the lower number signifies the pressure between the heartbeats. Blood pressure is highest when the heart beats to push the blood out into the arteries. The more pressure the blood pushes on the arteries, the higher a person’s blood pressure will be. The size of a person’s arteries can have an effect on blood pressure. Some people believe that people who have hypertension are tense, nervous or even hyperactive. According to the American heart association (2016), hypertension has nothing to do with personality traits; it usually develops over time. There are usually no signs or symptoms found in people with hypertension. Many people can have hypertension and not even realize it. In fact, high blood pressure is often called the…

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