Ridgeview Jr./Sr. High School has been given a great opportunity to be able to work with a handful of nurses from the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University. The student nurses come to Ridgeview every Wednesday. Mrs. Schultz’s Health Education classes work with the nurses on a variety of topics. Last week, the nurses came in and talked about blood pressure with the students. They also took the students blood pressure. Then, the students were able to get to practice some hands on experience taking someone else’s blood pressure. The student nurses also did a personal hygiene presentation to all 6th-8th graders in Mr. Ruiz’s classroom. Each student went home with a personal hygiene kit that contained a; toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, shampoo/conditioner, and deodorant. Thank you ISU Student Nurses!
Do you often wonder what your blood pressure numbers mean? Doctors call them systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure.Knowing both is important and could save your life.
What Does the Systolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?
When your heart beats, it squeezes and pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body. This force creates pressure on those blood vessels, and that's your systolic blood pressure. A normal systolic pressure is below 120. A reading of 140 or more is high blood pressure (also called hypertension).
What Does the Diastolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?
The diastolic reading, or the bottom number, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. This is the time when the heart fills with blood and gets oxygen. A normal diastolic blood pressure is lower than 80. 90 or higher is high blood pressure.