Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

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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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Ziad Khatib, MD, Fairfield Road Physicians; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine