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A 38-year-old member asked:

What do the top and bottom number mean on a blood pressure test?

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 24 years experience
Systolic ; diastolic: The top number (systolic) is the pressure reading when the heart pumps and pushed blood through the arteries. The bottom number (diastolic) is the pressure when the heart rests between beats.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

On a blood pressure test, what does the top number mean? And the bottom number?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
BP: The systolic (top) number is the pressure generated by the force of your left ventricle during contraction (systole). The diastolic (bottom) number is the residual pressure in the aorta during the resting phase (diastole) & reflects the elastic properties of the arterial system. If either is abnormally elevated for a long time, your risk of stroke, heart failure, attack, and kidney failure rise
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if the top numbe is high on a blood pressure test but not the other?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Cardiology 38 years experience
Hypertension: It means that you have systolic hypertension, the most common scenario in hypertension. Either number being elevated is abnormally high blood pressure.
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Last updated Dec 5, 2017
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