Systolic And Diastolic Blood Pressure


Blood Pressure

By Lesley Dobson in Saga Magazine.


Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, but what do the two numbers in a blood pressure reading mean?

What do the blood pressure numbers mean?

When you have your blood pressure checked at your doctor’s surgery, health clinic, or hospital, the doctor or nurse taking your blood pressure is looking for two readings. These are the systolic blood pressure number, and the diastolic blood pressure number.

The numbers tell your doctor or nurse – and you, if you’re taking your blood pressure at home – the force at which your blood is travelling through your body. These measurements show whether your blood pressure is low, ‘normal’ – in other words, at a healthy level – or too high.


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