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Understand Your Blood Pressure Numbers

December 11, 2018

Jim Blaine, MD, Medical Director, DMP Family Clinic

Understand Your Blood Pressure Numbers By Jim Blaine, MD, Medical Director, DMP Family Clinic Hypertension is abnormally elevated blood pressure. You may not feel that anything is wrong, but if you have high blood pressure, it could be quietly causing damage that can threaten your health. The best prevention is knowing your numbers and making changes that matter in order to prevent and manage high blood pressure, and the diseases it may cause. Normal blood pressure is around 120/80The top number is called Systolic blood pressure. This is the pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts (beats). The bottom number is called Diastolic blood pressure. This is the pressure in your art...  Read More