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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Finally, researchers tested the accuracy of those self-screenings with nurse-practitioner evaluations and blood pressure measurements. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Over-the-Counter Birth Control Really a Good Idea?," 2 Aug. 2019 There will be free haircuts, backpack and raffle giveaways (while supplies last), blood pressure screenings, fashion show performances, and more. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Back-to-school giveaways scheduled for August," 31 July 2019 Almost 19% of blood pressure measurements met the 140/90 threshold, while 44% of measurements met the 130/80 threshold. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Both the "top" and "bottom" blood pressure numbers can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, study says," 18 July 2019 The study analyzed more than 36 million blood pressure readings from 1.3 million adults. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "For healthy blood pressure, both numbers matter," 17 July 2019 There, Gracie was given a series of tests including an electrocardiogram (EKG), a head scan, and blood pressure tests — all of which came back normal. Dave Quinn,, "Tennessee Woman Calls Attention to Rare Medical Condition Triggered by Styling Children's Hair," 16 July 2019 Ninety minutes later, the students’ arteries were measured to test their ability to bounce back—or dilate—after being compressed by a blood pressure cuff. Sara Talpos, Quartz, "The dangers of energy drinks can be fatal—especially for teens," 10 July 2019 Members of Humana’s new plan get a welcome kit with a digital thermometer and blood pressure cuff. Ron Hurtibise,, "Is forced telemedicine the future of healthcare?," 28 June 2019 The Food and Drug Administration posted information on its website listing the blood pressure medications recalled for containing carcinogens. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Blood pressure drug recall: 32 lots of losartan recalled over small amounts of carcinogen," 26 June 2019

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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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