What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is actually the pressure of blood in your vascular system in your body. It is expressed in mmHg (or millimeters of mercury) and is important to give information about what the pressure of blood your body’s organs are exposed to every day.

Systolic over diastolic (for example 120/70 mmHg) is the main way that blood pressure can be expressed while recording your vitals (see this link for more information!). The reason that the top number is important is that it can tell doctors and other clinicians important information about how well your heart is pumping, the amount of circulating colloids and minerals (such as salt) in your blood, how well your kidneys are filtering out water, and how stiff with calcium your blood vessels are.

Providers get concerned if your blood pressure is high because it means that organs such as your heart, brain, kidneys, eyes (or virtually any organ in your body) is exposed to high pressures. This causes your heart to do more work to have to push against high pressures in your vessels and over time can lead to either enlargement of the heart, dilation, and over time weakening or death of heart tissue.

It has been shown that measuring your blood pressure every day can reduce your blood pressure, as people who measure their pressure are more likely to do things to change their blood pressure for the better such as eating a healthier diet, taking blood pressure medication if needed, exercising, and practicing other wellness activities.

Our goal is to improve your blood pressure through making it easy to check your blood pressure, store your data, and be able to access your data anytime. And of course, we value your privacy so your data is your own – we would never share or divulge any data without your permission.