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Understanding Your Vital Signs: How Blood Pressure Works

Are you under pressure to understand your blood pressure? Uncover the science behind this vital and common medical measurement.
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Overview

The condition of high blood pressure, or hypertension, is known among health professionals as the “silent killer.” It can be a common, underlying risk factor for developing several fatal health issues, such as heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. Low blood pressure can also be a problem.

You don’t feel it, you don’t or see it, but your body regulates blood pressure every moment of every day. Your blood pressure truly serves as an indication of your overall health. However, the typical familiarity you might have with blood pressure is rolling up your sleeve at the doctor’s office for a blood pressure cuff to take a measurement, then nodding at the set of numbers you are given, with no real comprehension of what they mean.

In this pilot video, join neurophysiologist and medical educator Dr. Cara Sandholdt to learn what your blood pressure measures, what is normal, and why it matters.
Understanding Your Vital Signs: How Blood Pressure Works

01: Understanding Your Vital Signs: How Blood Pressure Works

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition known as a “silent killer.” It can be a common, underlying risk factor for developing several fatal health issues. Understanding your normal range can help you take control of your health and advocate for health screenings when something may be wrong. Join neurophysiologist and medical educator Dr. Cara Sandholdt to learn what your blood pressure measures, what is normal, and why it matters.

31 min