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 below 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)
WhatIs.html). 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
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 the defined levels and provides a helpful cue if
Less than 80
100 or higher