As we continue to age, it is extremely important for all of us to know our blood pressure numbers and to monitor them on a regular basis. The reason for this is that high blood pressure typically develops over many years, affects nearly everyone eventually, and is easily detected and controlled.

So what exactly is blood pressure? It is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. Each time the heart beats, it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is at its highest when the heart beats, pumping the blood.

Ginny Davis is the community relations coordinator for SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice.

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