- What is blood pressure?
- What is a blood pressure reading and what do the two numbers mean?
- What exactly happens when my doctor or nurse takes my blood pressure?
- How is blood pressure produced?
- How does my body keep to a normal and healthy blood pressure?
- What does it mean if I have low blood pressure (hypotension)?
- What does it mean if I have high blood pressure (hypertension)?
How is blood pressure produced?
The ventricle chamber of the heart, which is the left lower section, is responsible for receiving oxygenated blood from the lungs which then pumps throughout the body. The heart is, therefore, filling with blood between the heartbeats, which we discussed earlier. This is the diastole phase, giving you your diastolic reading. The systolic reading comes from the systole phase when the hearts pumps to push the blood through the arteries.
Your heartbeat is the contraction of the ventricle chamber.