During a routine exam, your primary care physician can perform a blood pressure test. Your blood pressure is determined using a pressure-measuring gauge after an inflatable cuff is placed around your upper arm. The upper number represents your systolic blood pressure (pressure in your arteries when your heart beats), while the lower number represents your diastolic blood pressure (pressure in your arteries when your heart doesn't beat) (pressure in your arteries between beats). But what do these numbers say, and how do you control your blood pressure if you have it?
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