blood pressure

noun

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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Other risk factors may prompt your doctor to suggest blood pressure or cholesterol medications to help further protect your heart. Stacey Colino, Woman's Day, "If You Experienced Pregnancy Complications, Your Heart May Be at Risk," 4 Dec. 2018 Further work showed that even that protein needed to be modified by an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) to influence blood pressure. Mark C. Fishman, STAT, "The miracle of medicines," 7 May 2018 But cholesterol and blood pressure in and of themselves don’t matter the most as health outcomes. SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Trying Intermittent Fasting," 7 Nov. 2018 The 300 mg dose, though, did have a measurable calming effect on heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "The super-popular cannabis compound, explained.," 1 Nov. 2018 Sometimes, a gas anesthetic can cause one’s heart rate or blood pressure to go up or down, but again, these are expected effects, and your anesthesiologist is continuously monitoring for them. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "Should I worry about my child being allergic to anesthesia?," 9 July 2018 Those participants, Inc explained, were each hooked up to sensors to monitor their stress levels from their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing. Southern Living, "This Song Will Instantly Lower Your Stress Level By 65 Percent," 3 July 2018 The June calendar included blood pressure checks, bingo, arts and crafts and a root beer mixer. James E. Causey Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The ache of segregation: One woman's journey from city to the burbs," 21 June 2018 Kentucky screens for cardiovascular problems through blood pressure checks, letting doctors decide what's too high. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 June 2018

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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blood pressure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blood pressure

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

blood pressure

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Kids Definition of blood pressure

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

blood pressure

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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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