Blood pressure is the term that refers to the pressure of the blood flowing through the vessels. Doctors generally preferred the term “vessel pressure.” Generally speaking, arterial pressure is what is discussed when a doctor and patient discuss “blood pressure.”
The blood pressure calculation contains 2 numbers: 1) the systolic pressure and 2) the diastolic pressure – representing the maximum and minimum levels within one heartbeat. The reading is given as systolic pressure over the diastolic pressure.
The true meaning of a blood pressure reading of “110 over 70” is:
The systolic pressure is: 110 mmHg
The diastolic pressure is: 70 mmHg
What is Considered Normal Blood Pressure?
The term “normal” blood pressure refers to blood pressure readings between 100 and 130 mmHg. Optimal blood pressure is considered to be 120 over 80.
What is Considered High and Low Blood Pressure?
If blood pressure is calculated equal to or greater than 140 over 90, it is termed “high” blood pressure, or hypertension. Systolic numbers below 115 mmHg for men and 105 mmHg for women are considered to be hypotension or low blood pressure.
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