ABOUT BLOOD PRESSURE
What is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the pressure exerted on the artery
walls while blood flows through the arteries. The pressure
measured when the heart contracts and sends blood
out of the heart is systolic (highest) blood pressure. The
pressure measured when the heart dilates with blood
flowing back into the heart is called diastolic (lowest)
Why Measure Your Blood Pressure?
Among today's various health problems, those associated
with high blood pressure are very common. High blood
pressure dangerously correlates with cardiovascular
diseases. Therefore, blood pressure monitoring is
important for identifying those at risk.
BLOOD PRESSURE STANDARD
The table on page 6 is criteria for hypertension that is
publicly available from the National Heart Lung and Blood
Institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
can compare their own blood pressure readings against
these established criteria to determine if they may be
potentially at increased risk.
This table is applicable to most adults aged 18 and older.
Blood pressure tends to go up and down, even in people
who normally don't have high readings. If your numbers
stay above the "normal" range most of the time, you may
be at increased risk and should consult your physician.
Less than 120
High Blood Pressure
160 or higher
Although one can easily find where their own blood
pressure readings fall on this table, this monitor comes
equipped with a Risk Category Index that automatically
compares each reading to this criteria and provides a
helpful cue if your reading falls into one of the stages that
could potentially indicate increased risk. See page 23 for
more information on this feature.
Please note that cues provided by this monitor are only
intended to assist you in using this table. The table and
cues are only provided for convenience to have access
to the NIH information. They are not a substitute for a
medical examination by your physician. It is important
for you to consult with your physician regularly. Your
physician will tell you your normal blood pressure
range as well as the point at which you may actually be
considered to be at risk.
Less than 80
100 or higher
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