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Blood Pressure – This Is What Your Blood Pressure Indicates

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This is what the reading of your blood pressure defines that you should know.

BLOOD PRESSURE – Here are some of the things you should know about high blood pressure, low blood pressure, and normal blood pressure.

The pressure on the arteries while the heart pumps are how blood pressure is being measured. It is shown in two numbers – one number on top (systolic) and one on the bottom (diastolic).

SEE: HIGH BLOOD SYMPTOMS – 6 Risky Signs of Hypertension

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This is what the two numbers mean:

  • Systolic – the pressure in the arteries while your heart beats
  • Diastolic – the pressure in the arteries while the heart is at rest between beats.

Hypertension has affected a big portion of people from all over the world and there are certain risks that come when you suffer from this condition. The life-threatening conditions can include heart attack and stroke.

There is also a condition called hypotension where the pressure is too low. This is much less common and the symptoms include dizziness or lightheadedness, nausea, cold, sweaty skin, pale skin, fainting, and weakness.

Check out below what your reading means:

BLOOD PRESSURE CATEGORYSYSTOLIC mm Hg (upper number)DIASTOLIC mm Hg (lower number)
NORMALless than 120less than 80
ELEVATED120 – 129 less than 80
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) STAGE 1130 – 13980 – 89
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) STAGE 2140 or higher90 or higher
HYPERTENSIVE CRISIS (consult your doctor immediately)higher than 180higher than 120
According to Heart.org post

The best way to keep it normal is through the foods you eat. As much as possible, maintain heart-healthy eating habits, a balanced diet, and get regular exercise. A few lifestyle changes will not hurt you and are something that you will thank yourself for doing it later on.

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