Blood Pressure

Richard J Ingebretsen, MD, PhD
University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy
Clinical Instructor, University of Utah School of Medicine

Blood pressure is the most common and also the most important of all medical measurements. It is incredibly easy to obtain and provides valuable data for patient care. However, it is also poorly understood by most people and sadly, most doctors.  A basic understanding of the simple physics involved goes a long way into understanding what our blood pressure means and the horrible consequences if it goes too high.