And although slow blood flow is a symptom of high blood pressure, it can also be a cause.
Blood flow is the amount of blood circulating through your cardiovascular system in a specific amount of time. Blood pressure (BP) is the pressure your blood puts on blood vessel walls as your heart pumps.
Your blood pressure has a major effect upon your blood flow.
Actually, even though blood pressure and blood flow (circulation), are two different systems in your body, they can both affect each other.
Lower Blood Pressure to Increase Blood Flow
Your blood pressure is controlled by two strong forces. One is your heart as it pumps blood flow into your arteries and through your circulatory system. The other is your arteries as they resist blood flow pressure.
High blood pressure can be the result of one or more of the following:
- Unhealthy diet,
- Being overweight,
- Poor blood circulation,
- Sustained severe stress,
- Bad sitting/standing posture,
- Eating too much salt (sodium),
- Not getting enough physical activity,
- More than 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks a day.
It shouldn’t be any big surprise that most of these causes for high blood pressure are the same causes for slow blood flow circulation.
The blood pressure chart below shows healthy normal blood pressure (up to 120 over 80) and the range for high blood pressure (hypertension).
|Blood Pressure & Hypertension Category||Systolic Blood Pressure
(top number in mm Hg)
|Diastolic Blood Pressure
(bottom number in mm Hg)
|Healthy Blood Pressure||Lower than 120||Lower than 80|
|Pre-hypertension||120 – 139||80 – 89|
|Hypertension Stage 1||140 – 159||90 – 99|
|Hypertension Stage 2||160 – 179||100 – 109|
|Severe Hypertension||Above 180||Above 110|
Systolic blood pressure is when the heart contracts, your blood pressure rises and the blood moves into the vessels.
Diastolic blood pressure is when your heart relaxes, your blood pressure falls and your blood moves into your heart.
Increase Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
As you can see from the heart blood flow diagram below, your blood flows through a closed system.
The right side of your heart (blue) pumps oxygen-poor blood to your lungs in order to pick up oxygen. And the left side of your heart (red) pumps oxygen-rich blood to your head, arms, legs and internal organs.
Your heart has to pump enough blood at a high enough pressure to insure that your blood flows constantly, reaching every part of your body. A healthy heart will pump about 1,250 gallons of blood every day.
Slow blood flow circulation greatly contributes to the following health problems:
- High blood pressure (hypertension),
- High LDL (bad) cholesterol,
- Angina (chest pain),
- Heart Disease,
And here are the major health effects of high blood pressure on your body:
- Heart Attack,
- Brain Damage,
- Artery Destruction,
- Damage to Kidneys,
- Deterioration of Brain,
- Congestive Heart Failure,
- Destruction to Eyes & Vision,
- And slow blood flow circulation.
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