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) blood pressure.
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 contains defined levels for
hypertension that are publicly available from the National
Heart Lung and Blood Institute at the U.S. National
Institutes of Health (NIH)
Users can compare their own blood pressure readings
against these defined levels 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
This table is only provided for convenience to help you
understand your non-invasive blood pressure reading as
it relates to the NIH information. It is 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