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What does the bottom number in your blood pressure measure?


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Answered 2008-09-26 01:41:53

Not sure what the actual name of it is, but it measures the pressure your blood is at when your heart isn't actually pumping. The pressure between each pump. Blood Pressure Measurement In The Doctor's Office Here are the steps your health care provider should follow when taking your blood pressure measurement: * Your health care provider will probably use a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope to measure your blood pressure. The blood pressure cuff, also called a sphygmomanometer, consists of a cuff with an inflatable bladder, a rubber hand bulb with a valve used to inflate and deflate the cuff, and a pressure gauge. * First, the cuff is wrapped snugly around your upper arm. The cuff is then rapidly inflated until the pulse in the upper arm is no longer felt. At this point blood flow in the underlying blood vesselis cut off by pressure in the cuff. The health care provider will continue to inflate the cuff a bit beyond this point. * Next, a stethoscope is placed over the brachial artery at the elbow and the cuff is slowly deflated, while the health care provider listens for sounds produced by turbulent blood flow in the artery. * The health care provider listens through the stethoscope until he or she hears the heartbeats. At this point, cuff pressure matches pressure in the artery, and blood flow resumes. This is the systolic blood pressure (SBP). * The health care provider continues to slowly deflate the cuff until the sounds stop. This is the diastolic blood pressure (DBP). Experts recommend that two or more readings (separated by two minutes) be taken to determine an average blood pressure for the visit. If the first two readings differ by more than 5 mm Hg, additional readings should be obtained and averaged. Your doctor should tell you if your blood pressure should be measured again and/or if you should consider treatment for high blood pressure. == ==

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What do blood pressure numbers mean?

The two numbers that measure your blood pressure are written like a fraction: one number on top and one on the bottom -- for example, 128/82. The number on top is called the "systolic pressure." Systolic Blood Pressure measures the pressure inside your blood vessels at the moment your heart beats. The number on the bottom is your diastolic pressure. Diastolic Blood Pressure measures the pressure in your blood vessels between heartbeats, when your heart is resting.


What it the bottom number on blood pressure?

diastolic blood pressure


What does the bottom number mean when taking blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels. The top number (systolic) is the pressure during a heartbeat. The bottom number (diastolic) is the presurre between heatbeats or at rest --R Jackson LPN


When the bottom number is high does that mean that the heart is beating to fast?

I take it you mean on your blood pressure readings? The bottom number is the pressure the blood is returning to the heart.


my blood pressure this morning was 125/72 is that bottom number good?

my blood pressure this morning was 125/72 and sometimes the bottom number is 63 is this ok?


What is the second measurement of blood pressure?

The second measurement or bottom number of blood pressure is the diastolic number. This number measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats.


What is the systolic blood pressure the top or bottom number?

Systolic is the top number, and diastolic is the bottom number.


What do the two numbers in blood pressure represent?

The top number is the Systolic pressure. The bottom number is the Diastolic pressure.


What is a normal systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

Systolic blood pressure (the top number) measures the amount of pressure that blood exerts on vessels while the heart is beating.Diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) measures the pressure in your vessels between heartbeats. If systolic and diastolic blood pressures are too high, you have hypertension. Your doctor will probably use a sphygmomanometer to measure diastolic and systolic blood pressure.


What does diastolic measure?

Diastolic refers to the moment when the heart muscle is relaxed between contractions. Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure at that moment - the lower of the two blood pressure numbers. (e.g. if the blood pressure is 120/80, the diastolic pressure is 80.) it is the bottom number of a blood pressure reading. it measures the force of blood in the chambers of the heart: the atria and ventricles.


On which unit blood pressure is measured?

Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg. The top number of the blood pressure is known as the systolic number, and the bottom number is known as the diastolic pressure. i.e. 120/80 mmHg is how the blood pressure is measured and recorded.


What is the name for the top number in the blood pressure number?

systolic. the bottom number is diastolic


What does the bottom number in your blood pressure mean?

the pressure in the heart during diastole (when it is not beating)


What is the bottom number when measuring blood pressure?

It is the diastolic pressure. It is the pressure on the walls of the arteries when the heart is resting.


What are diastolic and systolic?

Diastolic, the bottom number in a blood pressure reading, is the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. Systolic, the top number in a blood pressure reading, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats.


How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

By taking your blood pressure. Blood pressure greater than 140 systolic (the top number) and/or greater than 100 diastolic (the bottom number) is considered high.


What do the two numbers of a blood pressure reading represent?

The top number is the Systolic pressure. The bottom number is the Diastolic pressure. The top number is the force that the blood puts against the artery walls as the heart pumps. The bottom number is the pressure against the artery walls as the heart rests in between beats.


What is pressure caused by heartbeats?

Blood pressure is caused by the heart pumping blood through the arteries. The top number is called the systolic number, and is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is actively pumping blood. The bottom number, called the diastolic number, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest.


What is the cause of high diastolic BP?

First we have to know Blood pressure is an indication of the health of the heart. It is the bottom number in a blood pressure.


What is the proper name of the blood pressure's bottom number?

The bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. I believe it's when your heart is resting rather than pumping, which is the first number, the systolic.


What does high diastolic indicate?

The diastolic blood pressure number or the bottom number indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. A normal diastolic blood pressure number is 80 or less. A diastolic blood pressure between 80 and 89 is normal but higher than ideal. A diastolic blood pressure number of 90 or higher is considered to be hypertension or high blood pressure.


Is 287 over 86 blood pressure ok?

If your top number is 140 or more then you have very high blood pressure, regardless of your bottom number - your apparatus is faulty


What are Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressure?

Systolic is the number at which your blood stops flowing when they take blood pressure. This will be the top number. Diastolic is when it starts flowing again once they start loosening the cuff. This will be the bottom number.


What is the syandard measure of blood pressure?

The standard measure of blood pressure is the millimeters of mercury.


What is it called when blood pressure is taken when the patient is at rest?

Resting Blood Pressure: Diastolic (blood filling into atrium of heart) is the top number Systolic (blood pumping from atrium into ventricles of heart) is the bottom number


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