National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on High Blood Pressure is the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When your heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is called diastolic pressure.
Your blood pressure reading uses these two numbers. Usually the systolic number comes before or above the diastolic number. A reading of
You can control high blood pressure through healthy lifestyle habits and taking medicines, if needed.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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