One of the most widespread health problems of today is definitely the increased blood pressure. It is accompanied by symptoms such as bad mood, headaches, insomnia and other problems related to general mood and health.
What do your blood pressure numbers mean?
The only way to know (diagnose) if you have high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your blood pressure numbers is key to controlling high blood pressure.
Blood pressure may vary several times over a day, and normal blood pressure is individual.
If you ask doctors what is the normal blood pressure according to the patient’s age and gender, the table looks like this:
Your blood pressure is recorded as two numbers:
- Systolic blood pressure (the upper number) — indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats.
- Diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) — indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats.
If you want to know more about blood pressure, you can read this article from American Heart Association. We have little excerpt from that article, so we’ll give you more accurate information.