Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.
Blood pressure is expressed by two numbers which show your “Systolic” pressure (the higher number, when the heart is pumping out blood) and “Diastolic” pressure (the lower number, when the heart is at rest between beats).
How is Blood Pressure Measured?
Blood pressure is typically measured using a “sphygmomanometer” which can be either manual (such as typically used in your doctor’s office) or electronic (often automatically controlling inflation and deflation). Electronic systems may use arm, wrist, or finger cuffs. All methods can be accurate, but any system must be used correctly to ensure accurate and repeatable results.
The MDMouse uses a compact adjustable finger cuff with proprietary technology to ensure accuracy even in the smaller arterial flow found in one’s index finger. The patented design easily adjusts to fit most size index fingers, and is easier to use than typical arm and wrist cuff monitors.
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. You can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure typically develops over many years, and eventually it affects nearly everyone.
Fortunately, high blood pressure is easily detected and monitored. Regularly check your blood pressure and share this with your doctor to help take control of this critical part of your health.