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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What is the right blood pressure for you, based on your ancestry, based on everything? Eric Johnson, Recode, "23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki says ‘one of our biggest competitors’ is fake science on sites like Goop," 20 Oct. 2018 That should be enough to keep investors’ blood pressure at healthy levels. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Encouraging Test Results for Health-Care Giants," 16 Oct. 2018 In adults, a blood pressure above 120/80 is considered high. Fox News, "IVF kids may have higher risk of high blood pressure," 6 Sep. 2018 Every morning, 92-year-old Sidney Kramer wraps a blood pressure cuff around his arm and steps on a scale, and readings of his heart health beam to a team of nurses — and to his daughter's smartphone — miles from his Maryland home., "Skyping the doctor? More older patients are embracing telemedicine," 31 May 2018 For example, depending on your age and risk factors, you may be advised to make an appointment for a preventive health screening such as a blood pressure or cholesterol test. Trihealth,, "Top 5 questions to ask your primary care physician," 16 Apr. 2018 No doubt fraud has been raising blood pressure since some no-good caveman slipped putrid buffalo meat to his neighbor in place of the day’s fresh kill. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Scammers Want to Steal Your Uber Account," 22 Mar. 2018 Their systolic blood pressure — the top-line number that measures the pressure in your vessels when the heart beats — fell by an average of 27 points. Melissa Healy,, "Take a little off the top: How visits to the barbershop helped reduce blood pressure in African American men," 13 Mar. 2018 Primary physician: Physical exam once a year This annual check-up should include a height and weight check, a blood pressure screening, a clinical breast exam, and any blood tests your doctor deems necessary. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "Your Body Hates You: The Definitive Timeline for All Those Doctors' Appointments You Never Book," 2 Sep. 2015

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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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