Blood pressure basics: What do "systolic" and "diastolic" mean?

Every time you go to the clinic, you get your blood pressure checked. Those numbers are recorded in your medical record each and every time. What do those numbers mean and why are they important? Your heart pumps blood throughout your body in a system of arteries, veins and capillaries. The force with which that … Continue reading Blood pressure basics: What do "systolic" and "diastolic" mean?