Dashboard – Heart screen

24 July 2015

This screen displays vital health data related to your heart, including blood pressure and resting pulse.  In future releases, Gevity will also display continuous heart rate and ECG data.

 

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure, kidney failure and other ailments. It is important that you know your blood pressure and if necessary monitor it.

Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers. The first number is called systolic blood pressure and measures the pressure in the arteries as the heart squeezes blood out during each beat. The bottom number is called diastolic pressure and indicates the pressure as the heart relaxes between each beat.  Target ranges (see RACGP Clinical Guidelines) are displayed on the graphics below for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.  These targets vary depending on your medical history.

Without a medical history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

 

BP-Range---Normal

With a medical history of diabetes (or albuminuria)

BP-Range---Diabetes

 

Resting Pulse

A pulse displays the rate at which the heart is beating in order to move blood through the body. Resting pulse rate is important as it measures the lowest amount of blood the body requires to function. The graphic below displays the target ranges.  Resting pulses above 77 place you at increased risk of various cardiac diseases.

Resting-Pulse-Range

Lifestyle Tips

Lifestyle is very important in gaining and maintaining healthy blood pressure and resting pulse. Ways to assist in keeping within a healthy range include regular blood pressure checks and maintaining a healthy body weight through exercise and eating well. The reduction of salt intake is a key aspect to stay within normal target ranges.

 

Please note – IMPORTANT

The targets and tips given in this section are generic and not tailored specifically for you and your health conditions. We strongly suggest you contact your doctor to discuss your blood pressure results and specific circumstances.