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Doctor insights on: What Is The Third Number When Recording Blood Pressure

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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Which blood pressure number is considered high?

Which blood pressure number is considered high?

120/80: Hypertnsion falls into four general categories: normal 120/80, prehypertension with BP from 120 to 139 mm hg or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm hg. Prehypertension tends to get worse over time , stage 1 from 140 to 159 mm hg or a diastolic pressure ranging from 90 to 99 mm hg and stage 2 hypertension is a systolic pressure of 160 mm hg or higher or a diastolic pressure of 100 or higher. ...Read more

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What does a lower number of blood pressure reading mean?

What does a lower number of blood pressure reading mean?

Hypertension: The diastolic pressure is related to the intravascular volume and the peripheral vascular resistance when the heart is relaxed and not contracting. ...Read more

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What blood pressure number should you become concerned at?

What blood pressure number should you become concerned at?

Worrisome BP: Studies have shown us that the risk of end organ disease (damage to vital organs like the heart, brain, and kidneys) is a concern if the blood pressure is >140/90 in an individual with no concurrent illnesses. In those with diabetes, know heart disease, and other concerning co-factors, the goal BP may be even less. ...Read more

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What can cause the bottom number of blood pressure to be high?

What can cause the bottom number of blood pressure to be high?

See details: How high is high?. It is still hypertension. The majority of patients have essential hypertension with the exact cause remaining unknown. There are several other causes. ...Read more

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Why won't the top number on my blood pressure go down with meds?

Hypertension: Systolic pressure and diastolic pressure are different in some aspects of their physiology, talk to your doctor to discuss not enough info here to speculate in you. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the lower number of blood pressure to go up?

What are the causes of the lower number of blood pressure to go up?

Hypertension: Elevation of either number suggests hypertension (high blood pressure). It is not unusual for the upper (systolic) or lower (diastolic) to go up disproportionately. Often younger people have high diastolic, and older people high systolic. Both are dangerous but systolic is worse. If values are above 140/90 that indicates stage 1 hypertension. Let me know if i can help further. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the top number in your blood pressure to be high?

What are the causes of the top number in your blood pressure to be high?

Numerous: Anxiety, exertion, underlying typical blood pressure, thyroid llevels, any of these can elevate the systolic blood pressure. ...Read more