What do blood pressure readings mean?

Answer A blood pressure reading, which is measured in millimeters of mercury, consists of two numbers read as a ratio (for example, 120 over 80). A diagnosis of high blood pressure is made on the average ... Read More »

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What do blood pressure readings represent?

A blood pressure reading is measured as two numbers. The first or top number is your systolic blood pressure -- the amount of pressure against your artery walls each time your heart contracts. The ... Read More »

What blood pressure readings are considered low?

Blood pressure readings are considered normal when they read between 115/75 and 120/80. Anything under 115/75 can be considered low, but because what is low for one person can be normal for someone... Read More »

What is the third number in blood pressure readings?

Sometimes a third number is included in a blood pressure reading. Depending on the measuring device, it may either be your pulse pressure (the difference between your systolic and diastolic reading... Read More »

How low is too low for blood pressure readings?

Unlike high blood pressure, which can be numerically defined as anything over 130/80, low blood (hypotension) is indicated by symptoms that arise from low blood flow through veins and arteries. The... Read More »