Understanding blood pressure

Female getting blood pressure checked by medical person.

What is blood pressure?

Your blood pressure is simply the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as the heart pumps blood or is at rest. Your beating heart is called systolic blood pressure and your heart at rest, between beats, is called diastolic pressure. Taken together, this is your blood pressure reading.

When reporting blood pressure readings, doctors and healthcare workers place the systolic pressure number on top and the diastolic pressure below. For example, “120 over 80” means your systolic pressure (your heart pumping) is 120, and your diastolic pressure (your heart at rest between pumps) is 80.*

* https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/health-conditions/heart-health/blood-pressure