What is blood pressure?
It is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as the heart pumps blood. When taking your blood pressure, you use a cuff around your arm that gradually tightens. The results are given in two numbers. The first number, called systolic blood pressure, is the pressure caused by your heart contracting and pushing out blood. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure when your heart relaxes and fills with blood.
A reading is given as the systolic number over the diastolic number. Levels are classified based on those two numbers.
Low or hypotension, is systolic blood pressure lower than 90 or diastolic blood pressure lower than 60. If you have low blood pressure, you may feel lightheaded, weak, dizzy, or even faint. It can be caused by not getting enough fluids, blood loss, some medical conditions, or medications, including those prescribed.
- Normal for most adults is defined as a systolic pressure of less than 120 and a diastolic pressure of less than 80.
- Elevated is defined as a systolic pressure between 120 and 129 with a diastolic pressure of less than 80.
- High blood pressure is defined as 130 or higher for the first number, or 80 or higher for the second number.
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