Which of the following terms refers to the blood pressure that is measured when the heart is contracting?
Blood pressure is higher when the heart contracts than when it relaxes. Of the two numbers you are told when your blood pressure is taken, the higher number, the systolic pressure, is your blood pressure when your heart is contracting. The smaller number, diastolic blood pressure, is your blood pressure when the heart has relaxed. Together, these values are an important measure of cardiovascular health.
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