Hypertension Home > Types of Hypertension

When checking your blood pressure, your result will appear as two numbers written like a fraction: one number on top and one on the bottom. For example, "normal" blood pressure is generally read as 120/80. But what do these numbers mean?
 
These numbers refer to two types of blood pressure:
 
  • Systolic pressure (the number on top) measures the pressure inside your blood vessels at the moment your heart beats
     
  • Diastolic pressure (the number on the bottom) measures the pressure in your blood vessels between heartbeats, when your heart is resting.
 
(Click Hypertension to learn more about the different types of blood pressure. This full-length article also explains why treating hypertension is so important, what you can do to reduce your risk of complications, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation
Advertisement


Topics

Medications

Quicklinks

Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.