Blood Pressure: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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    00:01 So let's take a look at blood pressure again, what's more for an overview.

    00:05 Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system: the arteries, veins, and capillaries.

    00:12 The systolic pressure… is the measurement of the force as the blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries.

    00:20 The diastolic pressure… ah, is the measurement of the force as the heart rests between heartbeats.

    00:29 Hypertension is a blood pressure that is higher than 120/80 and puts the patient at lots of increased risk.

    00:36 Now, before you finish the rest of that slide, look away, and I want you to see if you can list 6 reasons that are risks for hypertension.

    00:44 6 reasons why we want our patients to control their blood pressure at a safe level.

    00:50 Once you come up with your 6, look back at this nutshell summary, so you can get a feel for what those were and check your answers.

    01:02 Hypotension is the opposite of hypertension.

    01:05 It's a blood pressure that is lower than normal, and the patient is symptomatic with it.

    01:10 So symptomatic means they're starting to experience some problems and some challenges.

    01:15 That would be because it's not enough perfusion.

    01:19 They're not getting enough oxygenated blood to their important tissues and organs.

    01:23 So, if the patient is symptomatic and hypertensive for too long, the organs and tissues could actually suffer some damage and not receive enough oxygen.

    01:33 Well, there you have it.

    01:34 That's a quick review and overview of blood pressure.

    01:37 Thanks for watching our video.

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    The lecture Blood Pressure: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN is from the course Pharmacology and Implications for Nursing.

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     Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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