Welcome to “A Virtual Q&A with Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacists”! Join our pharmacists as they answer your questions on various health and medication topics.
How do I know if I have high blood pressure and what do the numbers mean?
Generally, blood pressure readings greater than 130 by 80 indicate high blood pressure, at least when there are no underline medical conditions. The top number, also known as the systolic blood pressure, is the pressure in your arteries when your heart is contracting. The bottom number, also known as the diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure in your arteries when your heart is relaxed. Normal blood pressure readings usually range around 120 by 80. Having said that, it is important to consider individual cases when assessing blood pressure. And therefore, it is imperative that you consult your pharmacist and healthcare professionals when there are signs of concern.
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The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.
The information included in this recording is correct as of April 13th, 2021