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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

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I get blood pressure reading -what does it mean if the bottom number is low?

Bottom number: Bottom number is always lower than the upper number. You need to tell us what the upper and lower numbers are. Than only we can answer your question. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the diostic number is 88 or higher on the blood pressure?

What does it mean when the diostic number is 88 or higher on the blood pressure?

88normal, over90 High: 88 diastolic is normal but if it is over 90 it is high. We also need the systolic BP reading. ...Read more

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What does blood pressure mean when the top number is normal, but the bottom number is high?

Stiff Vessels: Firstly, the most common scenario is inaccurate measurement. But if that's not the case, it could indicate stiff arteries. There are, however, many explanations. If this is a regular finding, talk to your cardiologist about it. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the top number is high on a blood pressure reading but not the bottom number?

What does it mean if the top number is high on a blood pressure reading but not the bottom number?

Systolic htn: The top number high is systolic hypertension means need anti inflammatory meds - take essential fatty acids and lower red meat will reduce bp. ...Read more

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Blood pressure 124/74. Paulse 68. Which number matters more? Top sys. Bottom dia. Paulse should be around?

BP reading: The more important number of your blood pressure is the systolic one, in your case, 124. The diastolic one, 74, is less important. Cardiovascular events occur more frequently and are related to the elevation of the systolic bp. Your blood pressure should be below 140 systolic if one is not a diabetic and at 130 if one has diabetes. Your pulse of 68 is fine and should go up with exercise. ...Read more

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Is it normal for blood pressure to be 102/55 and then next minute 120/85 then another minute 114/67? Systolic low number scares me. Male 22.

Normal BP: Your blood pressure is normal. Normal blood pressure fluctuates. There is nothing in your two numbers given you age that is in any way unhealthy or dangerous do not be scared. This is unnecessary worry. ...Read more

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I took an at home blood pressure measurement that was around 140/100. I'm 27 years old, and I've heard that number is high. Should I be concerned?

I took an at home blood pressure measurement that was around 140/100. I'm 27 years old, and I've heard that number is high. Should I be concerned?

120/80 normal: Yours is a bit high, but before you worry too much - test it at different times after activity, rest, etc. It can vary and if you are closer to normal often, think management before medication. Healthy diet, exercise, rest, yoga or breath meditation, stress reduction, etc. Can lower BP many times. Read about it and try a suggestion you like. If needed, have an exam and treatment. Best wishes! ...Read more