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Blood Pressure

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Stuboy, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Stuboy

    Stuboy · Well-Known Member

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    While we were at the Body Worlds exhibition on saturday, i took my blood pressure... i've yet to really understand exactly what each number means, i haven't read anything yet that's made it really clear what the numbers mean.
    Can someone explain it in laymens terms?!

    My blood pressure was 116/74... is that good? bad? indifferent?
     
  2. graham64

    graham64 · Well-Known Member

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  3. sugarless sue

    sugarless sue · Master

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    graham64 · Well-Known Member

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    Beat you to it Sue :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  5. sugarless sue

    sugarless sue · Master

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    SNAP!!!great minds again,Graham!! :lol: :lol:
     
  6. Stuboy

    Stuboy · Well-Known Member

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    thanks!

    found this bit...

    The first (or top) number is your systolic blood pressure. It is the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart beats.

    The second (or bottom) number is your diastolic blood pressure. It is the lowest level your blood pressure reaches as your heart relaxes between beats.


    That explains it nicely!

    Apparently, a red blood cell can travel your entire body in 20 seconds! Learnt that at body worlds :wink:
     
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    totsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    its amazing is the body ,im just doing a biology uni course and its very interesting indeed :)
     
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    IanD Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My systolic BP dropped 10 points - 135 to 125 - by reduced carbing.
     
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    increasingly cynical · Well-Known Member

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    Those readings are good. The first one is the systolic blood pressure (blood pressure as heart is contracting) A reading of around 120 is normal for an adult, slightly below is slightly better. The 2nd reading is the diastolic pressure (blood pressure as heart is expanding ) 80 or slightly below is normal for an adult.

    Congrats, your BP is healthy!
     
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