I don’t know about you, but until now I still don’t understand much the meaning of a blood pressure reading. I mean, every time a nurse or medical technician tells me my blood pressure reading, I can’t figure out if it’s healthy, high, or low.
All I know is that the top number us the systolic and the bottom one is diastolic.
If you want to know more, then keep reading.
Here’s understanding blood pressure and its dangers and prevention.
What’s a normal reading?
For a normal reading, your blood pressure needs to show a top number (systolic pressure) that’s between 90 and 120 and a bottom number (diastolic pressure) that’s between 60 and 80. The American Heart Association (AHA) considers blood pressure to be within the normal range when both your systolic and diastolic numbers are in these ranges.
Blood pressure readings are expressed in millimeters of mercury. This unit is abbreviated as mm Hg. A normal reading would be any blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg and above 90/60 mm Hg.
If you’re in the normal range, no medical intervention is needed. However, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthy weight to prevent hypertension from developing. Regular exercise and reduced salt intake can also help. You may need to be even more mindful of your lifestyle if hypertension runs in your family.