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Having High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)? Know Your Numbers!

Mohan Qi, MS, RD
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November 14, 2021

When you measure your blood pressure at home, do you always look at the number but not sure how it looks? Is it high or low? Should you be worried about it? Read this article to learn more about the blood pressure readings!

There are two numbers in a blood pressure reading - the systolic blood pressure (the upper number) and the diastolic pressure (the bottom number). The systolic blood pressure measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries each time it beats while the diastolic blood pressure measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries in between beats.

The Blood Pressure Goal

The therapeutic goal of blood pressure for patients with both diabetes and hypertension is lower than 140/90 mmHg (Stage 1 or below). However, lower than 130/80 mmHg (Elevated or below) is a more stringent goal for those with a high risk of cardiovascular diseases and whom are able to achieve it without excessive treatment burden.

Systolic pressure less than 90 or diastolic pressure less that 60 is considered as low blood pressure.

Feel free to talk to your UnifiedCare Team if you have any question about the blood pressure reading or want some advice to keep your blood pressure in the controlled range.