HTN

Hypertension, or HTN, is high blood pressure.  A normal blood pressure is around 120/80. I’ve even read things that say the powers that be are lowering the standard BP to 110/70.  The top number is called your systolic blood pressure.  This number measures how much pressure is in the arteries when the heart beats, so how much pressure there is against blood going out of the heart to the body.  The bottom number is called diastolic pressure.  This number measures how much pressure there is in your arteries when the heart is at rest and refilling with blood.  So this number measures the pressure when blood is going into the heart.  The diastolic pressure is more important.  If that number is too high or gets bigger with exercise that’s a big problem.  I have really good blood pressure.  Throughout my whole ordeal, my blood pressure never wavered.  It was always perfect.  I always had great vital signs.  Don’t ask me why.  The first thing they taught us to do in PT school when someone felt off was to take their blood pressure.  It’s usually an indicator of something unusual happening in the body.  If you have high blood pressure, there are all kinds of medications you can take but it’s SO MUCH better to lower your blood pressure by losing weight and exercising.



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