Hypertension: The Quiet Peril to Your Heart – Relisys Medical Devices Blog

Picture this: You’re strolling through a peaceful garden on a sunny day, the world seems serene, and all is well. But beneath the calm surface of this idyllic scene, there’s a subtle danger lurking – one that you might not even be aware of. Much like that serene garden, our bodies can hide a silent peril: hypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure.

Now, you might be thinking, “I feel perfectly fine. What’s the big deal?” Well, that’s the insidious nature of hypertension; it often goes unnoticed until it wreaks havoc on your health. So, let’s dive into the world of high blood pressure, unravel its mysteries, and understand why it’s essential to keep it in check.

What Exactly Is Hypertension?
Hypertension is a fancy way of saying that the force of blood against the walls of your arteries is consistently too high. Think of it as a garden hose turned up to full blast, putting extra stress on the hose itself. In this case, your arteries are the hose, and over time, this constant high pressure can lead to serious health problems.

Blood pressure is typically measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and is expressed as two numbers: systolic and diastolic. Systolic pressure represents the force when your heart beats, pumping blood into your arteries, while diastolic pressure is the force when your heart is at rest between beats. A healthy blood pressure reading is usually around 120/80 mmHg.