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Blood Pressure Chart. Life-Saving Information
This blood pressure chart will help you to see what your blood pressure means and it’s suitable for adults.
Blood pressure readings have two numbers, for example 120/70.
The top number is called the systolic blood pressure. The bottom one is called the diastolic blood pressure.
Ask your doctor or nurse for the numbers when s/he takes your blood pressure. Then take the top number and look at the chart above.
Look down the left column for your systolic (top) reading and along the bottom for the diastolic (bottom) reading. Your blood pressure is where the 2 meet.
What do the blood pressure readings mean?
Blood pressures in the blue section mean you have low blood pressure. If you’re otherwise healthy, this is not dangerous in itself, but low blood pressure can mean that you sometimes feel dizzy when you stand up quickly.
Blood pressure readings in the green area are normal. To keep it at this level you need to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Blood pressure readings in the yellow area indicate that you are in danger of having high blood pressure and the problems associated with it – stroke, heart attack etc. A healthy lifestyle and diet will make a difference to this.
Blood pressure in the red area means that you are in danger of stroke, heart attack and other problems related to a high blood pressure.
To avoid these problems you will need to make lifestyle changes and your doctor will probably want you to take blood pressure medications. The high blood pressure medication will be much more effective when it’s combined with lifestyle alterations.
You can use this blood pressure chart to plot your blood pressure over time, as it responds to the changes you make to help yourself and as your high blood pressure treatment starts to work.