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      07/21/2022     Christiana

    Diastole vs. Systole : Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

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    We got aware of Blood Pressure, how it’s measured, causes, symptoms & prevention. This blog is all about Systolic & Diastolic, we will be covering them in detail.

    What Systolic, Diastolic Blood Pressure Numbers Mean

    You might have noticed two numbers in your blood pressure report which look like 120/89 mmHg.
    This 120 is systole blood pressure and 89 diastolic blood pressure.

    What Does the Systolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?

    The force generated during pushing blood on walls of arteries, that’s your systolic blood pressure.
    Here’s how to understand your systolic blood pressure number :

    What Does the Diastolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?

    The pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. This is the time when the heart fills with blood and gets oxygen.
    This is what your diastolic blood pressure number means :

    Blood Pressure Ranges

    Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. If you stick with your active lifestyle and follow a healthy diet, your blood pressure would keep maintained.

    What to do to maintain blood pressure?

    Treatment includes lifestyle changes, or one has to include medications;

    Lifestyle changes include :

    How Blood Pressure Is Measured

    It’s simple & painless. Your health care will measure your blood pressure with a small gauge attached to an inflatable cuff.
    The doctor or nurse will wrap the cuff around your upper arm and use a stethoscope to listen to the blood moving through your artery.

    For example, your numbers may be "120 over 80" or written as 120/80. In a blood pressure reading, the systolic number always comes first, and then the diastolic number.

    When to Check Blood Pressure

    Checking Blood Pressure at Home

    If you have high blood pressure, which elevates frequently, it is recommended to keep track of your blood pressure. This will help your doctor to find out if your treatment is working or not.

    It might happen your doctor would suggest checking pressure at home if they think you may have “white coat hypertension”. It’s a real condition. The stress of being in a doctor’s cabin raises your blood pressure, but when you’re at home, it’s normal.

    In this case, your doctor would recommend an easy-to-use home BP monitor. You can use cuff one BP machine, make sure the cuff fits on your arm properly.

    You can also use a wrist BP monitor, but they often aren’t as accurate. Make sure to follow the instructions which come with the machine to get an accurate result.

    Avoid caffeine and smoking and do exercise at least 30 minutes before the test.

    How to Prevent High Blood Pressure?

    The Primary Care services at Texas Specialty Clinic enclose a multitude of health problems. The dedication and expertise of our Board-certified physicians, nurse professionals, and other members are complemented by the most up-to-date diagnostic facilities. You can make a call and book an appointment with us at (469) 545-9983 anytime.