Good Question: What Do Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean?

Good Question: What Do Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean?


THE RESULT OF A LANDMARK STUDY COULD ME THE GUIDELINES FOR HEALTHY BROAD PRESSURE ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE — BLOOD PRESSURE. WHEN YOU GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE TAKEN THE GIVE YOU TWO NUMBERS BUT WHAT DO THOSE ACTUALLY MEAN? GOOD QUESTION. THIS IS SO INTERESTING. THE SURVEY WAS SUCH A BIG DEAL, THAT THEY ACTUALLY STOP THE TESTING AND SAID WE NEED TO PUBLISH OUR RESULTS IMMEDIATELY. REPORTER: THEY STARTED TWO YEARS EARLY. THAT IS HOW SIGNIFICANT THE RESULTS WERE. THEY FOUND THAT IN PEOPLE OLDER THAN 50, WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, WHEN YOU BROUGHT THAT TOP NUMBER DOWN FROM 140-120, THEY HAD A 27% LOWER RISK OF DYING FROM A HEART PROBLEM. HOW IS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE? HIGH. MINE IS VERY FINE. I AM NOT BEEN TO THE DOCTOR IN A WHILE. REPORTER: RIGHT NOW 120/80 IS CONSIDERED NORMAL, 140/90 IS CONSIDERED HIGH. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, THE HEART IS SQUEEZING AGAINST THIS PRESSURE. THE HIGHER THE BLOOD PRESSURE, THE HARDER THE HEART HAS TO SQUEEZE TO WORK. REPORTER: THE DOCTOR IS A CARDIOLOGIST WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HEART. IT’S A HOSE, IF YOU PUT A KINK IN A HOST, THE PRESSURE ON THE OTHER SIDE IS HIGHER, SEE YOU CAN SEE THAT HOSES BUILDING UP PRESSURE TO GET THOUGH BLOOD, OR THE WATER THROUGH. REPORTER: WHAT DO THESE NUMBERS MEAN? IT DOES NOT MEAN VERY MUCH. HE TELLS ME IT IS HIGH, AND SO I BELIEVE HIM. SO, HE IS A GOOD DOCTOR. REPORTER: THE TOP NUMBER IS THE PRESSURE WHEN THE HEART BEATS. THE PRESSURE THAT YOUR HEART IS PUMPING AGAINST, AS IT IS PUTTING THE BLOOD OUTSIDE OF THE HEART. REPORTER: THE BOTTOM IS THE PRESSURE BETWEEN BEATS. THE RELAXATION NUMBER. THE PRESSURE THAT IS LEFT AFTER THE HEART IS PUMPED HAS PUMPED OUT. REPORTER: THEY GET THE READING BY WATCHING THE METER, AND LISTENING TO YOUR BLOOD COME THROUGH. YOURS IS VERY LOW. I USUALLY HAVE LOW BLOOD PRESSURE. REPORTER: CAN YOU HAVE A LOW LOW — A BLOOD PRESSURE THAT IS TOO LOW? YES. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE NOT BEEN AS AGGRESSIVE BECAUSE OF THAT OTHER RANGE. REPORTER: IN SOME CASES, BELOW 120 CAN LEAD TO FAINTING AND DIZZINESS ARE YOU MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE TOP NUMBER OR THE BOTTOM NUMBER? WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT BOTH OF THEM. REPORTER: YOU ARE A NURSE, DO PEOPLE REALLY GET WHITECOAT HYPERTENSION? YEAH, THEY SEE A DOCTOR IN A WHITE COAT AND MAKES THEM NERVOUS. SO THEY LET ME SIT IN THE ROOM FOR TEN MINUTES AND IT COMES DOWN. REPORTER: NERVES, STRESS, EVEN TALKING WHEN YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE IS BEING TAKEN, IT COULD RAISE IT 20-30 POINTS. THEY HAVE TO LOOK AT THE AVERAGE THERE. DOCTOR MARGE SAYS MORE STUDIES PROBABLY NEED TO BE DONE BEFORE SHE SEES ANY MAJOR CHANGES TO THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS. BUT SHE ALSO SAID THAT IF YOU ARE IN THAT 120-140 RANGE, DOCTORS MIGHT LOOK AT YOU MORE CLOSELY NOW AS AN INDIVIDUAL. LIKE, DO YOU HAVE DIABETES? YOU HAVE SLEEP APNEA? ‘S HOUSE LIKE THEY SHOULD BASED ON WHAT THEY FOUND. THAT SAID HE WAS JUST FOR PEOPLE 50 AND OVER, THEY HAVE TO LOOK AT PEOPLE WITHOUT THE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE THAT AREA. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. IT IS A HUGE STUDY, TO STOP AT TWO YEARS EARLY WITH SUCH A DROP IN THE MORTALITY IS A BIG DEAL. WE SHOULD TAKE NO, FOR SURE.

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