Understanding Blood Pressure Readings


Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio like this:

HBP Reading With Systolic And Diastolic Graphic Reading

Read as “117 over 76 millimeters of mercury”


The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).


The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood).

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What is the AHA recommendation for healthy blood pressure?

This chart reflects blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.

Blood Pressure
mm Hg (upper #)
mm Hg (lower #)
Normal less than 120 and less than 80
Prehypertension 120 – 139 or 80 – 89
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
140 – 159 or 90 – 99
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2
160 or higher or 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis
(Emergency care needed)
Higher than 180 or Higher than 110





























Understanding Blood Pressure Readings.

Ten Great Public Health Achievements

Ten Great Public Health Achievements — United States, 2001–2010.

Did you know life expectancy in the U.S. increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 76.8 in 2000?

Additionally, the population saw unprecedented health improvements at every stage of life.  Here’s a list put together by Public Health scientists at the CDC of the top ten public health achievements from 2001-2010.

For all the dirty details follow the link…

  1. Childhood Lead Poison Prevention
  2. Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  3. Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
  4. Tobacco Control
  5. Maternal and Infant Health
  6. Motor Vehicle Safety
  7. Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention
  8. Occupational Safety
  9. Cancer Prevention
  10. Public Health Preparedness and Response




Dodging Emotions: The Help That Harms | Psychology Today.

Last week was super emotional around my house and I’m always surprised to find myself reverting to behaviors which undermine healing and prevent progress toward compromise and resolution. During times of emotional stress and conflict, it’s difficult to suppress emotions we have failed to address.

This article clarifies many of the things we already know about avoiding the truth about out emotions. It helped me take a moment to pause and reflect on how I was really feeling last week.

Maybe you should take a few moments to do the same…