Understanding Series:

Blood Pressure (BP), systolic? diastolic?    

In our last blog we asked you a simple question, “Do you know your numbers?” where we discussed the importance of your B.M.I, BP and Cholesterol. In this series of blogs, we will be exploring what these values actually mean and how they work to give you a better understanding of your body.

As we all know, when your blood pressure is measured, you get two numbers and they look something like this: 120/80 mm Hg. Ever wondered what these numbers mean? In this section of the understanding series we aim to answer that.

A BP reading gives both your systolic and diastolic blood pressure and these should be 90-120 mmHG systolic and 60-80 mmHg diastolic.    The bigger number is known as your systolic blood pressure while the smaller number is known as your diastolic blood pressure.

Q. What does the systolic blood pressure tell you?

A. This is the blood pressure within arteries during cardiac contraction 

Q. What does the diastolic blood pressure mean?

A. This is the blood pressure within cardiac muscles between beats and is a useful method of determining cardiac health.

It is important that you get your blood pressure checked regularly as a high diastolic may be an indicator of poor heart health. Talk to your GP or pharmacist about this if you’re uncertain or pop into your NewWeigh Pharmacy  for a weight management consultation or a blood pressure check.

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