I’ll admit it…I’m a grown man and I’ve never really known what blood pressure is. Sure, I know high blood pressure is bad. I also know that it can be too low, which is not good either. But, when they tell me it’s some number over another number, I just nod my head and hope they’ll say that’s good.

But, that’s all changed thanks to a simple article titled What Your Blood Pressure Says About You.

The Basics

Here are a few excerpts that taught me a thing or two:

  • What it is: Blood pressure is the force that blood exerts on the inside walls of your vessels.
  • How it’s measured: The top number is called the systolic number. That’s the pressure inside your arteries when your heart beats. The bottom, or diastolic, number is the pressure between beats. You want those numbers to be below 120 and 80, respectively.
  • What low blood pressure means: Very low blood pressure in a person with heart disease could be a sign of heart failure.
  • Blood pressure can differ between arms and can also be a warning sign worth checking on.
  • Blood pressure is something that should be checked every year.
Biometric Screenings

If you’re an employee or spouse within the SPS Family of Companies, you can have your blood pressure checked for free during the on-site biometric screenings we offer each spring. The entire session only lasts about five minutes and you’ll get results on not only your blood pressure but several other key health areas.

Winning the Battle

The old G.I. Joe cartoon ended each week saying, “Now you know and knowing is half the battle!”  I feel like I learned a little something and hope you did too. Stay healthy, my friends!