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What Do Those Two Numbers Mean?

Your blood pressure has two numbers – top and bottom. We know that a healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80. But what exactly do each of those numbers measure? During an interview on WLTX-TV this week, Dr. Kenya Cooper of Lexington Family Practice Gilbert, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, answered that question.

~The top number is the systolic blood pressure. It measures the pressure in your arteries and vessels when the heart is in the middle of a beat.
~The bottom number is diastolic. That’s the pressure when your heart is relaxed between beats.
~Healthy numbers should be at or below 120/80.
~Recently, new guidelines for high blood pressure were released. Now, anything over 130/80 is considered high blood pressure. Previously, it was 140/90. That will mean a lot more people have high blood pressure – and will prompt physicians to make interventions sooner.

For more information about high blood pressure, and to test your knowledge with a quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.