Normal Blood Pressure Reading Basics
The normal blood pressure reading of an adult is different than that of a child or a teenager. Some adults can have either a normal blood pressure or a high or low 'normal'. There
are three kinds of blood pressure: low, normal and high. Blood pressure
is measured by the rate at which the heart contracts with every beat,
and some run fast, others slow, but for each there's a normal blood
pressure reading range.
Typically, a normal blood pressure reading is a measurement that
usually hovers around 120/80. Again, that's an average. A normal blood
pressure reading can also read as high as 128 and as low as 100 and
still be considered within normal limits. Those who are athletically
fit have blood pressures that are lower than normal blood pressure
reading measurements but are still considered within a normal range.
There is usually no cause
for alarm if you don't get a normal blood pressure reading, unless
it averages around 130 or above on a consistent basis. Many people
experience a wide range of blood pressure fluctuations throughout the
course of the day, especially after exercising or very active work.
This is normal and to be expected.
However, if you have been feeling tired, out of breath and your heart
pounds after mild or moderate activity and exercise, you might want to
check to see if you have a normal blood pressure reading.
High blood pressure can severely affect health and should not be left
untreated. Low blood pressure is usually not experienced except due to
rapid loss of blood, which can result in shock or even death.
In many cases however, a low blood pressure indicates a very strong
heart and healthy arteries and veins and is usually not a warning
symptom to other conditions. But you should look for a
below normal blood pressure reading that could come
with symptoms such as dizziness, weakness, and fatigue.
A normal blood pressure reading is the result of a strong, healthy
heart muscle, good eating habits and regular exercise. It
also means that every muscle fiber and every cell tissue in your
body is receiving adequate amounts of oxygenated blood. Still, a
similar reading can be obtained as health conditions such as high
cholesterol are creeping up on you. So it's important to have blood
pressure checked regularly to spot early warning signs of medical
conditions before they advance.
Most people obtain a blood pressure reading when visiting any dental or
physician's office, but it's possible to purchase equipment to take a
normal blood pressure reading from the comfort of your own home. Most
blood pressure monitors can be purchased from local medical supply
stores and are easy to learn and use. Keeping track of blood pressure
for yourself and your family is an important step in health
Just remember that normal blood pressure readings are only one
step toward maintaining good health. Regular doctor visits and blood
tests should be performed every year to keep ahead of certain diseases
and medical conditions. A normal blood pressure reading indicates
overall good health, but is not a substitute to regular doctor visits.
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