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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The allergies are believed to cause more deaths from anaphylaxis — an acute physiological response that includes lowered blood pressure, shock and constriction of the airways — than any other food allergy, though the precise number is not known. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "For Children With Peanut Allergies, F.D.A. Experts Recommend a New Treatment," 13 Sep. 2019 By increasing potassium intake can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by lowering blood pressure. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Butternut Squash Healthy? All the Nutritional Benefits of This Fall Superfood," 3 Sep. 2019 Another benefit of the mineral: A high potassium diet is linked to lower blood pressure, says Kimball. Jessica Migala,, "Should You Be Drinking Beyonce’s Watermelon Water?," 2 Aug. 2019 Reducing alcohol intake Not smoking The CDC also says that, in addition to lifestyle changes, some medications may be helpful in lowering blood pressure. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "You Can't Rely On Symptoms When It Comes to High Blood Pressure," 11 July 2019 Medical research has also shown being around dogs can lower blood pressure. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "If you’re chronically stressed, your dog could be too," 6 June 2019 Studies have shown that spending time with animals, as in dog therapy programs, can lower blood pressure, lessen depression and anxiety, decrease feelings of isolation, and encourage communication. Rita Giordano,, "Rowan University gifted $3 million to start therapy dog program," 5 June 2019 And other research shows that exposure to UVA light lowers blood pressure. Kiera Carter, Marie Claire, "The Everything SPF Guide: What You Need to Know About Sunscreen," 27 May 2019 The acidity of the brew often makes people vomit during the ceremony, and the drug can elevate blood pressure and heart rate. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It," 31 Aug. 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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