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Blood Pressure and Blood Pooling

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Matt Hare

on 30 June 2015

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Transcript of Blood Pressure and Blood Pooling

By the end of this lesson.......
All learners should be able to describe the effect of blood pressure following exercise
All learners should be able to describe the effect of blood pooling following exercise
Learning Objectives
Blood Pressure and Blood Pooling
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood against the walls of your arteries
It is created by the pressure of your heart pumping blood into your arteries and the pressure of your arteries against the blood flow
Blood Pressure
During exercise, oxygen consumption and heart rate increases in relation to the intensity of the activity.
Systolic blood pressure rises progressively, while diastolic pressure stays the same (or can decrease slightly)
Blood Pressure - During Exercise
Exercise causes your blood pressure to rise for a short time.
When you stop your blood pressure should return to normal, which is called your resting heart rate.
The quicker it takes to get back to your resting heart rate then the fitter you are likely to be.
Regular exercise can contribute to lowering blood pressure.
Blood pressure following exercise
Blood pooling can occur when stopping exercise rapidly. This is due to an inadequate amount of blood returning to the heart.

When exercising, your heart is pumping large amount of blood to the working muscles.
However, when the exercise stops, so does the force that pushes the blood back to the heart.

This blood, as well as waste products like lactic acid, stays in the muscles, which in turn causes swelling and pain, which can be visible in lower body areas such as legs and feet. This process is often referred to as "blood pooling."

Blood Pooling
Cool Down!
A cool down following exercise helps prevent blood pooling by keeping the blood circulating, which in turn helps to prevent blood pooling and also removes waste products from the muscles.

This circulating blood also brings with it the oxygen and nutrients needed by the muscles, tendons and ligaments for repair
How to avoid blood pooling?
So...... It is very important to cool down properly following exercise to prevent blood pooling.

They type, intensity and duration of the cool down will depend on the exercises undertaken.
Cool Down
We are now going to perform some exercises.

You will record your blood pressure before and after your exercise.
Lets have a go!
Why is this?

Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump the blood then the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure.

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