Systolic blood pressure definition

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The force of blood against the walls of your arteries when your heart contracts (beats) and pumps blood to the rest of your body.

This is the highest amount of force against your arteries and is stated as the top or first number of your blood pressure reading; it’s also the higher number in your reading.

Systolic blood pressure comes from the word systole.

Related terms: diastolic blood pressure, hypertension, prehypertension

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