What do my blood pressure readings mean?
Your blood pressure test will result in two readings. This is why there are two sets of numbers on your blood pressure chart:
- systolic (the highest number, on the left hand side)
- diastolic (the lowest number, along the right)
Systolic blood pressure is the highest pressure you get when your heart beats and pushes the blood around your body.
Diastolic blood pressure is the lowest pressure, when your heart is relaxed between beats.
You can work out your overall blood pressure level by comparing these two types of blood pressure. For example, a healthy blood pressure reading might look like:
The first number (systolic) will always be higher. Where the two numbers meet on the chart is your overall blood pressure level.