Maintaining a healthy blood pressure throughout your life is one of the most important things you can do for long-term health and longevity. Whether you're looking up a blood pressure of 302/136 for yourself or a loved one or simply out of your own curiosity, you're taking the right steps by being informed and empowering yourself or someone else to be their own best advocate.
According to the American Heart Association, a blood pressure reading of 302/136 would be considered hypertensive crisis. A hypertensive crisis happens when the systolic reading (the top number) is higher than 180 and/or the diastolic reading (the bottom number) is higher than 120.
Okay, now you know how to classify a blood pressure of 302/136, but now what do you do with that information? Read on to learn more or look up another blood pressure reading.
A blood pressure reading of 302/136 is pronounced "302 over 136." You may also see it written colloquially as 302/136 bp.
In a blood pressure reading of 302/136, 302 is called the systolic number and 136 is called the diastolic number. Systolic refers to the part of the cardiac cycle in which the heart contracts and pumps blood from the chambers into the arteries, and diastolic refers to the part of the cardiac cycle in which the heart relaxes and allows the chambers to fill with blood. You may also hear the systolic and diastolic numbers referred to as the top number and the bottom number.
Systolic and diastolic readings are measured in mmHg, which is a unit of pressure equal to the pressure that can support a column of mercury 1 millimeter high. Hg is the chemical symbol for mercury. For a blood pressure reading of 302/136, you would pronounce it "302 over 136 millimeters of mercury."
Blood pressure tends to rise in the hours before waking and then drop in the afternoon and evening before dropping to its lowest point while sleeping, so one popular recommendation is to check it just after waking up and just before bed to identify trends in how it varies from morning until night. Because of this, you might find that if your blood pressure is 302/136 in the morning, it might be lower before bed, and vice versa. Of course, these are just general rules of thumb and may vary by the individual.
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|← Prev systolic num||Next systolic num →|
|301/136 blood pressure||303/136 blood pressure|
|← Prev diastolic num||Next diastolic num →|
|302/135 blood pressure||302/137 blood pressure|
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