Understanding Systolic Diastolic Blood Pressure for Dummies

Blood pressure is measured using two readings. One is called Systolic blood pressure and the other is called Diastolic blood pressure.

Imagine you are clenching your fist. Do you notice the tension by doing that? Imagaine the heart doing the same to itself. It does that by contracting and the pressure that the contraction causes is called Systolic pressure.

When systolic pressure occurs, the heart is actually pushing or pumping the blood to all parts of your body. Now, the force with which this blood is pumped is measured using a blood pressure monitor.Let’s stick with the ‘clenched fist’ analogy.

Imagine you have unclenched your fist. Do you notice the tension eased off? Now imagine your heart doing the same to itself. This action by the heart is called resting and the pressure dropping to a steady level when the heart is resting is called Diastolic blood pressure.

A Blood pressure monitor is a smart device for recording your systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings and are increasingly regarded as essential for your ‘home first aid cabinet’.