Blood Pressure Numbers
Do You Know Yours?
Why is knowing your blood pressure numbers so important?
Normal = below 120/80 mmHg, and above 90/60 mmHg
Because it can mean the difference between life or death.
High blood pressure is know as the “silent killer”. This is quite appropriate as there are often no symptoms to alert you that you have a problem. Home Blood Pressure Monitoring. It`s now recommended by doctors for patients to monitor at home to supply them with additional information, presenting an overall picture of their patients blood pressure. Knowing your numbers will support them in their care efforts, help you chart on a daily basis, and aid in any natural approaches to control your blood pressure such as dietary and exercise programs.
So what is the normal range? Is every healthy person the same? The figures at the top of the page represent the systolic/, the first number. This is the measurement of blood pressure when the heart contracts to make a beat. The /diastolic is the second number, the measurement when the heart rests. The optimal number is just below 120/80. Going above this range is nearing borderline hypertension 140/90. Going below 90/60 is too low. So if you are just below 120/80 and above 100/65 you are in the healthy range.
Home monitoring should be done at specific times of the day, every day to get an average reading or MAP (Mean Arterial Pressure). This monitoring will produce a regular pattern giving you a more accurate reading. See the BP reading Chart for a quick glance, and learn your blood pressure numbers from the Blood Pressure Range chart.
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What Do Fluctuating Numbers Mean? Is a fluctuation normal or should it be investigated? This is a question you may have and should have answered. A note of caution! It is best to consult your doctor about these issues as the information here is general. What if your blood pressure numbers fluctuate? This was thought to be normal as we go on with life throughout the day but new research has shown it could be a marker for future stroke. Researchers state that people who have constant peaks in blood pressure (episodic hypertension) could be 6 times more at risk of stroke than those who have more stable readings.So if you are seeing peaks, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
If you are unsure about your blood pressure numbers see your doctor.
The UK National “know Your Numbers” day which fell on the 10th – 16th of September 2012 is a free public service that takes place every year. Keep check for next year`s date at the BP Association Website and the location of the nearest BP station to you.