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Blood pressure measures how strongly your blood is pressing against the walls of your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart throughout your body. You can take your blood pressure at home with a machine.
Two numbers make up your blood pressure. The first number is called systolic pressure. The second is called diastolic pressure. An example of a blood pressure reading is "120 over 80" (or 120/80).
If you are an adult and do not have a medical condition, use this guide to find out if your blood pressure is normal:
Hypertension stage 1
Hypertension stage 2
Your blood pressure is above normal even if only the first or only the second number is above normal.
American Heart Association: www.heart.org
These symptoms may be an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get help right away. Call 911.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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