High blood pressure (also referred to as hypertension) occurs when there’s a force of blood pushing against the lining of the arteries and that force remains higher than normal for a period of time. High blood pressure can be dangerous because it not only damages the blood vessels, but it can also affect important organs in the body, like the heart and brain.
While high blood pressure is often seen as a male condition, it is quite common among women, especially those who are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. In fact, Healthline points out that women who’ve gone through menopause are actually at a higher risk than men. With that being said, here’s a look at some tips and facts every woman should know when it comes to high blood pressure…
1. What is High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is something we often hear about when it comes to our overall health. Most of the time it comes up in relation to hypertension, or as a possible side effect of certain medications, or even a complication from a pregnancy. For the most part, we know that high blood pressure is bad and low blood pressure isn’t great either, but what exactly is high blood pressure? According to Very Well Health, blood (which carries oxygen and nutrients) is pumped through vessels in our body. High blood pressure occurs when there’s a great force of blood against the blood vessel walls, and since the heart is what pumps our blood, the higher the blood pressure the harder the heart is working.
The same source explains that just because someone has high blood pressure at one point in the day, that doesn’t mean they suffer from high blood pressure. Our blood pressure changes throughout the day, but for some people it goes up and stays high. This is known as hypertension or high blood pressure.