When you're taking blood pressure readings, and the top number is suddenly very low?

Answer Its not the numbers that matter, its the fraction that counts. Its basically an indication of how alive you are. So a BP of 150 over 150 means that you are in perfect health whereas a BP of 75 over... Read More »

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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 »

What do blood pressure readings mean?

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 »

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 »