Blood pressure is important because the higher your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of health problems in the future. If your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and on your heart. Over time, this strain can cause the arteries to become thicker and less flexible, or to become weaker.
If your arteries become thicker and less flexible, they will become more narrow, making them more likely to become clogged up. If an artery becomes completely clogged up (known as a clot), this can lead to a heart attack, a stroke, kidney disease or dementia.
More rarely, if an artery has become weakened, the extra strain may eventually lead to the artery bursting. This may also cause a heart attack or stroke.
The good news is that there are many ways in which you can lower your blood pressure and put less strain on your arteries and heart.
So, what is optimal blood pressure?
Optimal blood pressure is having a blood pressure of 120/80mm Hg or less.
Blood pressure usually ranges between 90 to 250 for the top or maximum number (systolic) and 60 to 140 for the bottom or minimum number (diastolic).
Less than 120 over 80: Your blood pressure is normal and healthy. Follow a healthy lifestyle to keep it at this level.
Between 120 over 80 and 140 over 90: Your blood pressure is a little higher than it should be, and you should try to lower it.
140 over 90 or higher (over a number of weeks): You have high blood pressure. Change your lifestyle - see your doctor or nurse and take any medicines they may give you.
Readings below 90/60 mmHg: There is a small minority of people with low blood pressure, ie, where there is an underlying problem that is causing their blood pressure to be at this level and treatment may be needed. In nearly all of these cases, your blood pressure is much lower when you stand up, particularly if you stand up suddenly. This fall in blood pressure on standing is likely to cause symptoms of fainting and/or dizziness. This drop in blood pressure when you stand up is called postural hypotension.
Sound healing sound sessions are designed to lower blood pressure. If you have hypotension, ask your doctor before going to a sound healing session.
*Most of the information from this article was found from the Blood Pressure Association's Website. Please check out their website for more helpful information about Blood Pressure: