Checking your blood pressure
You can have your blood pressure checked at your physician's office, at a health fair or you can even check it yourself at home
As a cuff is inflated around your arm, your blood pressure is measured as your heart pumps and between beats.
What the blood pressure numbers mean
A blood pressure check gives two numbers, one over the other. If either the top or bottom number is consistently above what is considered normal, you may have high blood pressure.
The top number is pressure when the heart beats (systolic). The bottom number is the pressure when the heart is at rest (diastolic). Ask your physician or healthcare provider what blood pressure numbers are healthy for you.