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glossary:blood_pressure

(1) The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is produced primarily by the contraction of the heart muscle. It's measurement is recorded by two numbers. The first (systolic pressure) is measured after the heart contracts and is highest. The second (diastolic pressure) is measured before the heart contracts and lowest. A blood pressure cuff is used to measure the pressure. Elevation of blood pressure is called ”hypertension”.

Common Misspellings: blood presure, blod pressure, blod presure

(2) . the pressure of blood against the walls of any blood vessel. 2. the pressure of blood on the walls of the arteries, dependent on the energy of the heart action, elasticity of the arterial walls, and volume and viscosity of the blood; the maximum or systolic pressure occurs near the end of the stroke output of the left ventricle, and the minimum or diastolic late in ventricular diastole.

glossary/blood_pressure.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)