the pressure of the blood against the inner walls of the blood vessels, varying in different parts of the body during different phases of contraction of the heart and under different conditions of health, exertion, etc. Abbreviation: BP
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How to use blood pressure in a sentence
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consuming less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, since too much can contribute to high blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Two months where all I had was a televisit — they make you take your own blood pressure at home.What “baby bust”? New and soon-to-be parents on choosing to have kids in dark times | Chris Chafin | February 1, 2021 | Vox
Consumption of fried foods has also been linked to diabetes and high blood pressure.Fried foods may taste good, but they up your chance of having major cardiovascular problems, such as a heart attack, by 28 percent | — Linda Searing | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
If we decrease salt, we can decrease blood pressure and decrease cardiovascular disease.Americans can’t cut back on salt. One likely reason: Packaged and prepared foods are filled with it. | Marlene Cimons | January 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Medical researchers have studied other benefits like lower blood pressure and a dip in lipids in mice, but more research in humans is needed.Four plants that are scientifically proven to be therapeutic | Sandra Gutierrez G. | January 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
An innovative gift is the Qardioarm, a blood pressure monitor that records readings and uploads them to the cloud.
For example, Kuwait recently put a limit the allowable amount of sodium in bread to lower blood pressure.The Secret to Tracking Ebola, MERS, and Flu? Sewers | Wudan Yan | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But when the event approached, her blood pressure had plummeted, leaving her incapacitated.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex | Lizzie Crocker | November 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The polygraph, which uses a range of measurements including blood pressure, was patented by Leonarde Keeler in 1931.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine | Tom Arnold-Forster | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As a Harvard undergraduate, he used systolic blood pressure readings to invent the lie detector test.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine | Tom Arnold-Forster | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I felt blood pressure rising in me for the first time since my transfusion.
The Dowd Phosphatometer not only takes blood-pressure, it tells how to regulate it.
"Perhaps you could take my blood pressure, or something," Wheatley offered.An Ounce of Cure | Alan Edward Nourse
The rise in the blood-pressure occurs even after section of the spinal cord.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
That evening and on several subsequent occasions McLean took blood-pressure observations.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for blood pressure
the pressure exerted by the blood on the inner walls of the arteries, being relative to the elasticity and diameter of the vessels and the force of the heartbeat
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Scientific definitions for blood pressure
The pressure of the blood in the vessels, especially the arteries, as it circulates through the body. Blood pressure varies with the strength of the heartbeat, the volume of blood being pumped, and the elasticity of the blood vessels. Arterial blood pressure is usually measured by means of a sphygmomanometer and reported in millimeters of mercury as a fraction, with the numerator equal to the blood pressure during systole and the denominator equal to the blood pressure during diastole. See more at hypertension hypotension.
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Cultural definitions for blood pressure
The pressure of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels, especially the arteries. It is expressed in two figures, said to be one “over” the other: the systolic pressure, which is the pressure when the left ventricle of the heart contracts to push the blood through the body; and the diastolic pressure, which is the pressure when the ventricle relaxes and fills with blood. Blood pressure is affected by the strength of the heartbeat, the volume of blood in the body, the elasticity of the blood vessels, and the age and general health of the person. (See circulatory system.)
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