Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure results from the force that our blood exerts on the walls of the blood vessels. “Normal” blood pressure is normally recorded as 120/80mmHg however yours may vary slightly. Slight deviations from this number are ok but large changes in blood pressure away from the norm should be investigated and treated.

High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher. This may result from a narrowing of the blood vessels caused by a buildup of plaque for example. Higher pressure forces exerted on the wall of blood vessels can cause damage to them and leave you more prone to stroke or cardiac failure. At the other end of the scale, low blood pressure is defined as 90/60mmHg or lower. Low blood pressure means that the blood is not able to flow properly and may result in dizziness, fainting and in severe cases can be life threatening.

It is important to identify symptoms of abnormal blood pressure and begin treatment with your medical team and physiotherapist. Symptoms of abnormal blood pressure can include:
- Severe headaches.
- Nosebleed.
- Fatigue or confusion.
- Vision problems.
- Chest pain.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Blood in the urine.
- Dizziness.

Exercising regularly has been shown time and time again in the literature to control and normalise abnormal blood pressure. Our physiotherapists are trained in the management and prescription of exercise in order to treat abnormal blood pressure. By assessing your current fitness levels, we are able to ensure that your exercise plan is tailored to your specific needs and level to ensure you are safe and symptomless throughout your journey. We believe that exercise and diet are very important treatments to go alongside your medical management which may include medications and/or surgical interventions.

If you would like to book in to see one of our physiotherapists, please give us a call on 0152 53440 or you can book online at physiohub.ie

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