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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Blood Pressure

Six million Britons are taking drugs to control their blood pressure.

Half of those with high blood pressure are aged 60 or over.

In developed countries, the risk of suffering high blood pressure over your lifetime is 90 per cent.

High blood pressure is classified as a reading of more than 140/90 millimetres of mercury. The first figure, the systolic pressure, corresponds to the ‘surge’ that occurs with each heart beat while the diastolic reading is the pressure in the ‘resting’ stage between beats. 

The average giraffe has a blood pressure two or three times that of the average human.

Source Daily Mail August 24, 2011

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