Blood pressure is used to monitor how well your cardiovascular system is functioning. In other words it tells you how your heart and blood vessels are working. By using a blood pressure chart a record is kept of the results. These results allow you to see on paper how well the efforts you are using are lowering your pressure. It is important to monitor your efforts in case there are questions and concerns.
Blood Pressure Chart Recordings
The chart has you record the systolic (top number or working phase) which shows you how hard the heart is working to pump blood through the cardiovascular system. The next number that you record is known as the diastolic (bottom number or resting phase) which demonstrates how well the heart is resting after pumping blood. The final number on the chart to be recorded is the heart rate itself.
If the systolic pressure is too high or low then the heart may be working too hard or not hard enough to get blood out to the rest of the body as it should. The diastolic pressure measures the heart at rest. The heart must rest between beats to allow a sufficient amount of blood to be pumped into the heart chambers and out to the rest of the body.
Putting It All Together
Putting all the numbers together gives a better picture of the readings. By using a blood pressure chart you have a record that can be kept and carried with you when you go for checkups to your physician’s office. Whether you are taking medication or using exercise to lower your pressure the chart gives a visual cue as to actions that may need to be taken to keep your pressure right for you. Get started monitoring your pressure today.