Your cardiovascular system in some ways works similarly to the plumbing in your home. This is a closed, pressurized system, meaning that the blood in your blood vessels (which act like pipes) is moved through your body via pressure.
Each time the heart beats, this pushes some more blood out into the arteries and that then forces the rest of the blood that is already there to be pushed around further.
‘Blood pressure’ is not a bad thing then, in fact, it is very important that you have at least some pressure in this system. If there is not enough pressure, then you can end up feeling light-headed when you stand up, fainting, and performing worse during sports.
But high blood pressure can likewise be a problem and potentially lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other problems. That’s because when the pressure becomes too high, it can make it difficult for the blood to move at all – like trying to suck a very thick liquid through a thin straw.
If you notice that you have symptoms of high blood pressure, there are numerous things you can do to bring it back down. In this post, we will take a look at some of those symptoms so that you can act when necessary.
When you have high blood pressure, this can make it very difficult for blood and oxygen to be delivered around the body. This can in turn make it hard for your system to get the nutrients and the oxygen it needs in the places where it needs it most: the muscles and the brain.
Therefore, you can find yourself feeling sluggish and getting easily out of breath during any kind of exertion. Your cardiovascular system will fail to provide the oxygen necessary for muscle movements and thus exercise will make you out of breath.
This can be a symptom of a number of different conditions, however, so it’s important to look for clusters of symptoms.
Note that this explains why blood pressure is so closely linked with physical performance – and why supplements like nitric oxide can be very effective at improving this performance.