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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Could intermittent low doses of prohypertensive interventions promote bioresilience and lower baseline blood pressure? WSJ, "Is There a Limit to the Human Lifespan?," 24 June 2018 The body regulates blood pressure through proteins that cause veins and arteries to expand or contract. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Wang also called on a medical expert to argue that Clark may have died from a hypertensive bleed in her brain, which would have been brought on by her elevated blood pressure and blood thinners. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Jury weighs fate of SF man accused of beating ex-girlfriend to death," 18 June 2018 It is based on a prototype technology that would convert streams of a patient’s data—such as heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels—into a harmonious set of notes, chirps and tones. Susannah Gardiner, Smithsonian, "Could Our Housewares Keep Us Healthier?," 3 May 2018 The sensors, which can detect biometrics such as blood pressure and oxygen use, send the statistics to your smartphones. Peter Krouse,, "A dozen companies selected for Plug and Play Cleveland accelerator," 9 Mar. 2018 Additionally, aerobic exercise helps to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, burn fat, and boost mood. Kendra Weisbrod, Pt,, "Types of exercises," 5 Mar. 2018 With forest bathing, breathing in phytoncides, organic compounds produced by trees, has been linked to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels. Ashley Mateo, Condé Nast Traveler, "Thanks to Forest Bathing, We Now Have Island Bathing," 25 Jan. 2018 Frequent business travelers are almost twice as likely to be obese, as well as have higher levels of blood pressure and cholesterol. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "8 Surprising Work Things That Are Bad for Your Health," 2 Sep. 2015

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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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