Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure

Ever wonder what the numbers of your blood pressure really mean? Well let me tell you! There are two numbers that represent your blood pressure and it usually look something like this 120/70. The top number is your systolic and the bottom number is the diastolic (systolic/diastolic).  Each number is equally important but the top number usually gets more attention because it can be a sign of serious heart problems. Now what does all those fancy words mean?

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Source: Giphy

 

Systolic (top number) is how much pressure blood is putting on the artery walls as the heart beats.  

Diastolic (bottom number) is how much pressure blood is putting on the artery walls when the heart relaxes. 

If these numbers are too high or too low, it can mean serious issues for your body. Blood pressure that is too high, makes the heart work more and harder to get blood throughout the body. Blood pressure that is too low, means that some areas in your body may or may not be getting the blood and oxygen it needs to function properly. Low blood pressure is usually less than 90/60. 

So what's normal? 

 Source: American Heart Association 

Source: American Heart Association 

If you have high blood pressure, a good way to track your numbers is by checking them every day at the same time. Making this a habit in your daily routine can help you establish a normal blood pressure range and track any changes. And remember to  always consult a doctor about any blood pressure questions and issues.