What does blood pressure measure?

Dr. Khatib discusses blood pressure. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Blood pressure is measured by finding two numbers – your systolic blood pressure and your diastolic blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

The systolic blood pressure is the measure of the pressure in the blood when your heart beats. The diastolic blood pressure is the measure of the pressure in the blood vessels when your heart rests between beats.

A normal blood pressure is considered anything less than “120 over 80,” which means a reading of less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic, according to the CDC.

For more information about blood pressure, talk with your doctor.

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