Blood Pressure Readings: Let's Learn What Those Numbers Mean! by Donna John

Blood Pressure Readings: Let's Learn What Those Numbers Mean!

We’ve all had our blood pressure taken, but do you really know what the nurse means when she tells you the numbers? Blood pressure is recorded in two numbers, according to the American Heart Association

  • Systolic: The top number – systolic – is the higher number of the two and measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats. 
  • Diastolic: – The bottom number – diastolic – is the lower of the two numbers and measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. 

Blood pressure should normally be less than 120/80 for an adult 20 or older. 

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Thanks for explaining, Donna John!
Donna John
It's so important, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead! I unfortunatley had to learn the hard way when my husband had a heart attack in January. It's very scary and makes you realize you really need to watch these numbers.

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Why Drinking Water Is Important for Your Health & Digestion: 3 Easy Ways to Prioritize Hydration

Healthy Turmeric Lemon Water Recipe: A Cardiologist's Recommended Way to Start Your Day

Easy Healthy Eating Strategies: 3 Foods to Beware of From a Nutritionist (You Won't Believe No. 1)

Fatigue-Fighting Foods: Healthy Breakfast Foods That Will Wake You Up Better Than a Cup of Coffee

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for and get the best of our tips each week!