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Solution: (Blood Pressure Measurement) What is blood pressure? Can you list other possible ways to measure blood pressure?

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(Blood Pressure Measurement) What is blood pressure? Can you list other possible ways to measure blood pressure?

Solution

Blood pressure (BP) is the force or pressure the heart is using to pump blood throughout the body system. The BP is divided into two readings, the Systolic and the Diastolic pressures. Usually the blood pressure is read in Systolic/Diastolic.

  • systolic pressure – the pressure when your heart pushes blood out
  • diastolic pressure – the pressure when your heart rests between beats
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