Know Your Numbers?

No, we are not referring to lotto numbers!  Knowing your blood pressure numbers is extremely important for vital health and good heart maintenance.

But how do we know if our numbers are in the danger zone?

Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers:


The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).


The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood).

Your blood pressure rises with each heartbeat and falls when your heart relaxes between beats. While BP can change from minute to minute with changes in posture, exercise, stress or sleep, it should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over. About one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure.

Know your numbers, keep records for your doctor to analyze, and learn ways to maintain your blood pressure on the right track.

Good numbers equal healthy heart! Let’s keep our tickers beating.



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