My little girl is now a month old and when I look at her, I realize she was worth all the pain and suffering I experienced during pregnancy and labor. Of course, that's pretty much what every mother feels, although it doesn't seem like it when you're enduring all that pain and suffering. And it wasn't just the physical pains of nausea, backaches and contractions, and, of course, those horrible Lovenox shots in the belly. It was also all the things I gave up during those 36 weeks. Most of the sacrifices were during the first trimester and included no caffeine, no hot dogs or cold deli sandwiches (unless the meat was steamed first), no tanning beds and no over-the-counter medications, except Tylenol and an occasional Benadryl. I also couldn't use my hot tub or enjoy a glass of wine. These were small things that really don't matter. I can do without a soak in the tub or a cup of coffee, but I do think I missed my morning coffee and Diet C...
<p><strong>What Is Hypertension? </strong></p>
<p>Hypertension (high blood pressure) is characterized by a persistent increase in the force that the blood exerts upon the walls of the arteries. It is normal for this force to increase with stress or physical exertion, but with hypertension, blood pressure is high even at rest.</p>
<p>Because blood pressure in the arteries rises and falls with each heartbeat, it is measured with two numbers: <strong>systolic</strong> (the top number in a reading) and <strong>diastolic</strong> (the bottom number). The systolic number reflects the force of blood against the arterial walls each time the heart contracts. Diastolic pressure refers to the pressure within the arteries as the heart relaxes and refills with blood (which explains why the diastolic number is always lower than the systolic measurement).</p>
<p>Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (abbr...
Hypertension is blood pressure that is often higher than 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
HBP; Blood pressure - high
Blood pressure can vary throughout the day and change with activity. A blood pressure measurement has two numbers:
The top (systolic) number is the blood pressure during the heartbeat.
The bottom (diastolic) number is the blood pressure between beats.
According to the American Heart Association, adults should normally have a blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg.
Pre-hypertension is when the top number is 120-139 mm Hg and the bottom number is over 80-89 mm Hg on most measurements. If you have pre-hypertension, you are likely to develop high blood pressure at some time in your life, unless you make lifestyle changes.
High blood pressure can affect all types of people. You have a higher risk of high blood pressure if you have a family history of the disease. High blood pr...
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