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How is blood pressure measured?

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Blood pressure is measured using two numbers -- systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic, the upper number, is the pressure when the heart is beating. Diastolic, the lower number, is the pressure between beats. Normal blood pressure is considered to be anything below 120/80. Hypertension is defined as blood pressure of 130/80 or higher. Medication is recommended for people over age 65 with blood pressure is defined as 130/80 or higher.

From: High Blood Pressure WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet.” National Institutes of Health: “Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure: Mission Possible.” Parker, et al, , April 2007. American Medical Association. American Journal of Public Health

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

SOURCES: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet.” National Institutes of Health: “Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure: Mission Possible.” Parker, et al, , April 2007. American Medical Association. American Journal of Public Health

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

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