By Sophia & Keaton
What is Blood Pressure?
High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries, which carry the blood throughout the body. High blood pressure, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood out to the body and contributes to hardening of the arteries.
High blood pressure is important because it relates to heart function, how arteries work, and blood flow (makes sure all limbs and organs receive oxygen)
Anyone can get high blood pressure
Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health, Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2015, pp. 362-366.