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High Blood Pressure
February 20, 2018

Why you need to watch your blood pressure

Did you know, that your blood pressure never stays the same? It lowers as you sleep and rises when you’re awake, active, excited and nervous. Here’s how it works, and what you need to know to stay healthy: What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the pressure or force of circulating blood within the walls of your blood vessels. When your heart beats, it gives your body the energy and oxygen it needs. As your blood moves through your body, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this ‘pushing’ is your blood pressure. If you…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
November 16, 2017

What does it mean to be dehydrated?

Amazingly, your body is made up of 2/3 water! It’s essential for many processes in your body, from lubricating your eyes and joints, to aiding digestion, flushing waste and keeping skin supple and healthy. But when the normal water content in your body is reduced, it upsets the delicate balance of minerals, which has a huge effect on how your body functions. Usually, your body re-absorbs fluid from your blood and other tissues if it needs, but by the time severe dehydration sets in, there’s no longer enough fluid to get blood to your organs. This sends you into shock,…
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High Blood Pressure
July 7, 2017

What to know about the highs and lows of blood pressure

Your body is an ingenious machine. And, one of the reasons it works so well is because your blood pressure fluctuates. Blood pressure is the force exerted by your heart, against the resistance created by the arteries, to keep blood flowing through your body. Blood pressure measurement consists of two parts – systolic and diastolic. The first number is the systolic blood pressure; this is the highest pressure when your heart pushes the blood around your body. The second/bottom number is diastolic. This is the lowest blood pressure when your heart is relaxed. When your doctor takes your reading, he’s…
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High Blood Pressure
February 26, 2016

Pumped: When is high blood pressure a good thing?

Imagine that you need to get somewhere in a hurry and all you have is a bicycle – the most important thing to check is your tyres, right? Too soft and you’re going to be pedalling for nothing, but too hard and you could get a puncture in the middle of your journey. Blood pressure is like that. (more…)
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