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can you tell me if on a blood pressure test, what's the top number mean, and what's the bottom number mean?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Blood Pressure: read this: http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/diastolic-and-systolic-blood-pressure-know-your-numbers
Answered on Aug 27, 2014

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