blood pressure


Definition of blood pressure

: pressure that is exerted by the blood upon the walls of the blood vessels and especially arteries and that varies with the muscular efficiency of the heart, the blood volume and viscosity, the age and health of the individual, and the state of the vascular wall

Examples of blood pressure in a Sentence

The doctor says he has high blood pressure. These drugs help lower blood pressure. She has a blood pressure of 120.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Today, there are 62 Forest Therapy Roads across Japan, and small but promising studies have shown that forest bathing decreases stress hormones and blood pressure rates. Brennan Kilbane And Theresa O'rourke, Allure, "The Best (Sort of) Free Ways to De-stress With Nature," 28 Mar. 2019 Are your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers too high? Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Join Our 2019 Live Longer and Stronger Challenge," 1 Feb. 2019 At dozens of hospitals in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas, fewer than half of mothers were given prompt medication for dangerous blood pressure levels that put them at risk of having a stroke or seizure, the documents revealed. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Why do so many moms die and suffer in the US? Stupid negligence," 27 July 2018 People with higher bottom blood pressure readings also had a greater risk for this problem. Washington Post, "Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says," 11 July 2018 Jump rope demonstrations and activities, craft activities, blood pressure screenings, information booths, jump rope giveaways, live music and food. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 25-July 1," 25 June 2018 Right now, doctors can consult a calculator found online or in electronic health records to decide whether patients might benefit from aspirin, statins, or blood pressure medications. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "New risk calculator could change the aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications some people take," 4 June 2018 One of us eats potato chips with his blood pressure medicine and puts mayonnaise on his cholesterol. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "With my teenagers, it’s my fault that everything’s my fault," 29 May 2018 As a result, Robinson’s obstetrician ordered that the nurse immediately give her blood pressure medication intravenously, and then every four hours thereafter. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Harvey family settles wrongful death suit with Ingalls for $4M, lawyer says," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of blood pressure

1854, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blood pressure

: the force with which blood moves through a person's body

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Kids Definition of blood pressure

: pressure of the blood on the walls of blood vessels and especially arteries

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Medical Definition of blood pressure

: pressure exerted by the blood upon the walls of the blood vessels and especially arteries, usually measured on the radial artery by means of a sphygmomanometer, and expressed in millimeters of mercury either as a fraction having as numerator the maximum pressure that follows systole of the left ventricle of the heart and as denominator the minimum pressure that accompanies cardiac diastole or as a whole number representing the first value only a blood pressure of 120/80 a blood pressure of 120 abbreviation BP

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