Blood pressure: The wrong message

If you have come across a message from the relevant bodies about blood pressure, you will have found that it is about fighting hypertension.
Of course, hypertension causes dozens of problems, from heart attacks to dementia. Measuring blood pressure, however, can show much more than evidence of hypertension (or hypotension).
Blood pressure is the only non-invasive and non-laboratory measurement that objectively attributes stress.
If you have an average of 110 systolic blood pressure, and it goes up to 130 and stays there for weeks, you may not be typically described as hypertensive, but this change is probably critical to your condition.
Similarly, if in the morning (for more than three days), you have 120 systolic blood pressure, and in the evening 100, you are typically within the “normal” blood pressure range. In fact, your health is in danger.
Our picture becomes even more accurate, although more complex when we consider both diastolic pressure and pulse pressure (the difference between systolic and diastolic pressure). If there is one thing you need to keep out of this post, it is that the pressure changes are even more critical than BP’s absolute value.
We all need to measure our blood pressure because, on the one hand, we would control our health much better, and on the other hand, we could predict it further.
Finally, it would be worthwhile for blood pressure to become an (objective) indicator of the condition of nations. Think about it: if we had a change of 10 points in a country’s (average) pressure in a few days, something dire would not happen to it?
Blood pressure is not just about the hypertensive. That is the wrong message. You better watch your BP. It is worth it. And you will find out!

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