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Understanding blood pressure numbers
What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is a measure of the force with which the heart pumps blood into the body. How is blood pressure measured? Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and is reported as 2 numbers:
- systolic pressure - the pressure when the heart pushes blood out
- Diastolic pressure - the pressure when the heart rests between beats. For example, if your blood pressure is "140 over 90" or 140/90mmHg, that means you have a systolic pressure of 140mmHg and a diastolic pressure of 90mmHg.