High Blood Pressure: The Silent Attack on Life
Many of us have heard the sayings “Silence is Golden” and “Ignorance is Bliss”. However, these proverbs do not hold true with chronic diseases such as hypertension or high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is the force of blood pumped from your heart into the vessels known as arteries which delivers blood throughout your body. Each time your heart beats, blood is forced along the wall of the arteries and the impact is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). This process is known as systole. When the heart rests between beats, blood pressure decreases, a process known as diastole. Normal blood pressure is a systolic pressure less than 120 mmHg and a diastolic pressure less than 80 mmHg and is expressed as 120/80 mmHg.