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How Blood Pressure Works

If you lined up all of the blood vessels in your body, they’d be 95,000 kilometers long, and everyday they carry the equivalent of over 7,500 L of blood.

Blood pressure rises and falls with the phases of the heartbeat. Blood pressure is important, because damaged blood vessels from hypertension can lead to atherosclerosis. Elastic fibers in you blood vessels make them resilient to many changes occurring in and outside of your body.

Several things can increase or decrease the force your blood puts your blood vessels under, including the properties of the blood, extra fluid in the blood vessels or narrower blood vessels. If your blood thickens, the heart will pump harder in order to move the blood through the body. A high salt diet can increase the water retention in your blood vessels, therefore increasing the volume pressure and stress on your blood vessels.

So be kind to your blood vessels and they will serve you well!


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