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What Does Your Blood Pressure Reading Mean?

Last updated 3 years ago

Getting your blood pressure measured is part of nearly every doctor visit, but what exactly do those readings mean? Those two little numbers are a big deal for your cardiac health. They give your doctor important clues about how well your blood is moving and whether your heart is at risk.

Two numbers make up your blood pressure reading: systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure is the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts and is the “top” number. Diastolic pressure is a measurement of pressure between beats and is the “bottom” number. Systolic pressure over 120 and diastolic pressure over 80 are indications that your blood pressure is elevated. Readings above 180/110 are signs of an immediate cardiac crisis that requires emergency medical care.

Englewood Community Hospital’s emergency room and cardiac care department are ready to help you manage your heart health conditions. Learn more about the full scope of our hospital’s treatment services by calling (888) 658-1598. 


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