More than 66,000 Canadians die from heart disease and stroke each year, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. That’s one person every seven minutes. There are a variety of causes for these conditions, but the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease is high blood pressure. Everyone would like to have healthy and normal blood pressure. But what exactly does that mean?
When you get your blood pressure checked by your doctor or healthcare provider they are measuring force of blood flowing from your heart and through your arteries. The blood pressure reading is based on two measures called systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number), with a healthy reading usually being 120/80 or lower.
The systolic number measures the pressure of force in the arteries when the heart beats and pushes out blood. The diastolic number measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats when the heart muscle is relaxing and refilling with blood.
Given the risks associated with high blood pressure it’s important to get yourself checked regularly and take steps to maintain a healthy blood pressure through exercise, diet, and even chiropractic adjustments.
In celebration of #HeartMonth, we will be offering free blood pressure checks until the end of February! Give us a call at Align Health Centre to book your free check and we’d be happy to talk with you more about ways you can manage and maintain a healthy blood pressure.