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Ideal blood pressure keeps the heart healthy

Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day, but it’s important that it stays within an ideal blood pressure range. Both high and low blood pressure can create health risks.

By Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MD

For a healthy person, an ideal blood pressure reading would be about 125/80mmHg. Blood pressure is the amount of force within the blood vessels when your heart is relaxed and while it is pumping blood through these vessels. Maintaining a good blood pressure level is essential to health.

The human body needs ideal blood pressure
The human body needs ideal blood pressure

The first number, the systolic pressure, is the maximum pressure that is occurring during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart. Normal range is between 100-130mm Hg. The diastolic pressure is the minimum pressure during the interval between heartbeats. Your ideal diastolic blood pressure should range between 70-90mmHg. Exercise and stress often increase blood pressure, while sleeping and relaxing will often lower it.

To get an average reading it’s best to take your blood pressure more than once at varying times and keep records of each time it’s taken. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any concerns associated with your ideal blood pressure range.

Maintaining ideal blood pressure levels ensures your body can properly receive oxygen, food and remove the waste from your body. Normally, the heart pumps blood at a minimum force. When blood pressure is high or increases, it means the heart is working harder to pump blood throughout your body. This can put a strain on the heart that can cause cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, stroke and kidney damage.

Maintaining an ideal blood pressure can be done in a number of ways. Exercising, eating healthy foods, losing excess weight, avoiding stress and becoming a non smoker are all important steps to take in order to reach your ideal blood pressure.


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