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10 September 2021

Blood Pressure Numbers Explained

Are you unsure how to interpret your blood pressure? Keep reading to understand what it all means.


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Types of blood pressure

What is the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

Firstly, blood pressure (BP) is generally represented by two numbers, one of which is higher than the other.

Systolic blood pressure – the pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts.

Diastolic blood pressure – the pressure in your arteries while your heart is filled with blood between beats, and it is the second number you read when taking your blood pressure.

Both figures are significant and should be closely watched to ensure that they remain within a healthy range. Your blood pressure readings will fall into one of three categories, click here to download a blood pressure infographic.


What is normal blood pressure?


Normal blood pressure is anything less than 130 systolic and less than 85 diastolic, such as 125/80.

It’s great to have normal blood pressure, but that’s no reason to relax. If you don’t live a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy food, your blood pressure may rise.


How do I find out if I have high blood pressure?


If you don’t know your blood pressure there’s a chance it could be high and there’s a chance it could be low, the irresponsible mentality is to hope that your blood pressure is okay, most likely it is fine. But there’s no harm in checking. The easiest way to check your blood pressure is to purchase a blood pressures monitors. The monitor will be with you within 2 working days. Once you have taken a reading you can upload your results on our site using the NHS blood pressure tool.

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How to take your blood pressure?


You can take your blood pressure measurement at home using a blood pressure monitor and use the blood pressure calculator as guidance on what your reading means. If you haven’t purchased a Kinetik blood pressure monitor, ensure the monitor has been clinically validated. Find a list of blood pressure monitors available for home use on the British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS) website.

When taking your blood pressure


Step 1 – Sit quietly and comfortably on a chair with legs uncrossed and feet flat on the ground with an even surface in front of you.

Step 2 – Place your arm on the surface in front of you so that it is supported level with your heart. Remove tight clothing and wrap the cuff around your upper arm.

Step 3 – Activate the blood pressure monitor, the cuff will inflate to restrict the blood flow in your arm is it gauges your blood pressure. This will last for a short amount of time.

Step 4 – As the cuff deflates, your reading is displayed on the monitor. Enter the two numbers into the blood pressure calculator to determine the health of your reading.

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