Have you ever got your blood pressure taken and reported to you, but wasn’t sure if it was normal or not?
First of all, let’s talk about what the term “blood pressure” means.
What Is Blood ressure?
Blood pressure is exactly how it sounds, it’s a measurement of the pressure that circulates blood through the body and brain.
It consists of two readings:
- Systolic – the top number, the higher number
- This reading measures the pressure of your blood during contractions.
- Diastolic – the bottom number, the lower number
- This reading measures the pressure of your blood during rest.
What Is Considered Normal Blood Pressure?
The general rule for a normal blood pressure established by the American Heart Association is 120/80 mm Hg.
But your actual normal blood pressure depends on a variety of factors, and you should take all of them into consideration when deciding what is considered a normal blood pressure for you.
Factors that affect blood pressure
Normal blood pressure can vary depending on a person’s gender, age, activity, and even pregnancy.