Normal blood pressure varies from person to person. Variations are common because of differences in height, weight, age, sex, temperament, body build, occupation, and even health history.
Because blood pressure varies in individuals, even under different circumstances, it is difficult to speak in terms of a normal blood pressure. In fact, blood pressure depends on several factors, such as the strength of the heart, resistance and elasticity of the blood vessel walls, and the amount and viscosity of the blood itself, and the stress of the immediate environment at that moment.
Every person has a blood pressure range that is normal for him or her. Slight deviations may be expected and should not be considered a sign of any dangerous internal development. However, severe deviations up and down and between systolic and diastolic ratios, persistently found, are frequently a sign of an abnormality that should be investigated and promptly treated. For this reason it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by a professional.
When your doctor measures your blood pressure, two readings will be taken. One measurement is called a systolic reading, and the other a diastolic reading. The systolic reading indicates maximum pressure within an artery during a pulse, and the diastolic indicates the sustained pressure within the artery when the blood vessel is relaxed between heartbeats.
High Blood Pressure
A serious deviation from one’s normal blood pressure may be due to a specific cause. In some cases, this may be caused by emotional stress, such as anxiety, frustration, and worry. Sometimes, it is related to being overweight or eating too much, or too much of the wrong foods. Sometimes, it is caused or aggravated by hereditary factors, infections, tumors, nerves, inactivity of certain glands, or impaired function of the kidneys. Whatever the cause, it should be diagnosed and treated.
High blood pressure may be a symptom of arteriosclerosis, commonly called hardening of the arteries. Abnormal changes take place in the blood vessel tissues, and fatty materials and chemical salts are deposited, resulting in arteries becoming less elastic and smaller in internal diameter.
Symptoms of chest pain, headache, hot flashes, nervousness, insomnia, and visual disturbances may or may not be associated with high blood pressure. When they are present, they should be reported to your Doctor of Chiropractic immediately.
Low Blood Pressure
It is the total circulation and not blood pressure per se that determines the amount of nutrition supplied to the various parts of the body. Low blood pressure is usually not considered dangerous unless the pressure indicates that circulation is being impaired.
Although some individuals seem to have a lower blood pressure than that considered average, this does not seem to be an important factor unless it appears as a sudden drop from a person’s normal blood pressure. Anemia, autointoxication, heart weakening, shock, and hemorrhage are a few common causes.
Common symptoms of low blood pressure include fatigue under slight exertion, dizziness, apprehension, inability to concentrate on anything except oneself, ringing in the ears, and tingling in the fingers and toes. Such symptoms should be reported immediately.
Because so many different functions, systems and structures can be involved in the cause or aggravation of either high or low blood pressure, it is important that the overall health of the individual be considered. Often, the nervous system is involved either directly of indirectly.
If you have any concerns please contact us today and we will perform the necessary diagnostics to determine the cause and prescribe or refer you for appropriate treatments.