The average American has an average of 250 milliliters of blood pressure each hour, which is considered “normal” for most people, according to a study released Wednesday.
But if that number is not adjusted for age, gender, smoking, obesity, and diabetes, you might be surprised at how much blood pressure you have.
“Normal” is a word that comes up often when discussing blood pressure with people who don’t have any history of heart disease, diabetes, or other chronic conditions, said Dr. Stephen P. Dickson, MD, director of the division of cardiology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
“We want to give them the opportunity to look at their blood pressure and how they are managing their blood pressures.”
In the study, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, tracked patients’ blood pressure from baseline through six weeks after they had surgery for a heart condition or an accident.
While some had been underweight or obese, many had normal blood pressure.
At the end of the six-week study, patients were asked how well they were doing and whether they were seeing a doctor every six weeks.
In the long term, that number jumps to 150 millilitres a minute, which “is pretty good,” Dickson said.
What about people who get blood pressure tests at work?
While the Mayo Clinic study didn’t specifically track how much of a rise in blood pressure people experienced on their jobs, Dickson noted that people who work more than eight hours a day or less than five days a week have higher blood pressure readings than people who spend more than six hours a week at work.
“So if you are a 40-year-old who has an 80-millilitre rise in your blood pressure every six hours, you would probably be doing a lot more than a 40 year-old with an 80 millilitre increase every six-hour period,” he said.
“And that’s because we know that our heart rate and blood pressure are linked.”
So if you work at a high risk for cardiovascular disease or a stroke, Dickey said it’s important to monitor your blood pressures every six to 12 hours.
“You need to be aware of what you’re doing,” he added.
“The best thing you can do is make sure you’re being consistent.”
But don’t get too comfortable.
For some, the extra pressure is just a reminder that they have a problem.
“They think that they’re fine,” said Dickson.
“It’s a reminder to get your blood out of your system and do your thing.”
“There is no such thing as a normal blood rate,” he warned.
“When you go to the doctor, you’re going to have your blood drawn.”
If you’re not sure whether your blood rate is normal, check the lab results.
A doctor will also examine your heart.
A good blood test can give you a good idea of how your heart is working and how much pressure your heart has.
But a good test is not the only way to look for signs of heart problems.
“If you have any of these symptoms or problems, there’s a chance that you’re at an increased risk of heart attack or stroke,” Diaz said.
In addition, the Mayo study found that blood pressure levels were also associated with more frequent blood clotting, heart attacks, and stroke.
What if you have blood clots?
In general, people with blood clumps tend to be older, have a family history of coronary heart disease or heart attacks that require surgery, and are obese.
But not all blood clamps are created equal.
For example, someone with high cholesterol levels is at a greater risk of developing a blood clot than someone with low cholesterol levels.
“There are a lot of variables that come into play when we look at blood clumping,” Dixson said.
For instance, people who have high cholesterol may be more likely to have an enlarged heart muscle, which may cause them to overwork their heart muscle.
“Those are all things that could be contributing to your increased risk,” he continued.
“Even if you don’t develop a blood clump, you should be aware that you have high blood pressure.”
How much of the blood is in your system is related to blood pressure?
According to the Mayo Institute, people can get their blood level checked by their doctor.
The test looks for the ratio of red blood cells to white blood cells in the blood.
When that ratio is too high, a blood vessel can block the flow of blood to your heart, and that can cause your blood to rise.
If your blood level is too low, blood can flow through your body without blocking it, and the blood can be stored in your muscles.
If you have low blood pressure or high cholesterol, your body has to work harder to keep your blood levels from