Reading Your Blood Pressure

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Do you know what the numbers in your blood pressure reading mean? The top number on your reading is the systolic blood pressure; this is the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure; this measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart is at rest between beats. A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg. High blood pressure is typically diagnosed in patients with a consistent reading of 13/80 mmHg or higher. Check out the chart below to see what range your blood pressure is in.