How is BP measured?
Before having it taken:
- Sit quitely for at least 5 minutes in a chair, with feet on the floor and arm supported at heart level;
- Make sure the temperature of the room is just right;
- Do not cross your legs or talk before and during the procedure.
How to read it?
90 systolic pressure
BP = ____ BP = __________________
60 diastolic pressure
read as "90 0ver 60"
Systolic pressure (highest pressure measurement)
It is caused by blood as it travels in the vessels while the heart is contracting.
Diasttolic pressure (lowest pressure measurement)
Itiscaused by blood as it travels in the vessels while the heart is relaxing between beats.
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