With your blood pressure monitor you will be measuring both your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The first number, called systolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.
Measuring your blood pressure regularly can help prevent diseases related to high-blood pressure, including heart and kidney disease and stroke. Many people who suffer from hypertension are unaware of their condition, and many of those who are aware don’t get treated or are treated inadequately. The lifestyle changes you will be implementing through LIFE Ascent, including a healthy diet and physical activity, are known to improve blood pressure and prevent heart disease. This means you’ll want to measure your blood pressure regularly to see the impact those changes are having on your health.