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How do you measure blood pressure?

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You can get your blood pressure measured by a health care provider, at a pharmacy, or you can purchase a blood pressure monitor for your home. But before you rely on a home monitor, on for it is important to take it in to your doctor’s office and have it checked against the office readings for accuracy. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers: the systolic and diastolic pressures.

  • Systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure during a heartbeat, when the heart is sending blood throughout the body.
  • Diastolic blood pressure is the lowest pressure between heartbeats, when the heart is filling with blood.

SOURCE: American Heart Association. American Medical Association. 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 21, 2017

SOURCE: American Heart Association. American Medical Association. 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 21, 2017

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