How does pulse differ from blood pressure?
Aug 25, 2016
Blood pressure is the pressure the heart exerts on the walls of the arteries. Pulse is the rate at which the heart beats.
- Blood pressure is the pressure the heart exerts against the walls of the arteries as it pumps the blood out to the body
- It is measured in units of millimetres of mercury (mmHg).
- It includes two measurements:
#color(white)(m)#Systolic pressure (top number): The pressure as the heart beats and forces blood into the arteries
#color(white)(m)#Diastolic pressure (bottom number): The pressure as the heart relaxes between beats
- Typical reading: 120/80 mmHg
- Pulse (or heart rate) is the number of times your heart beats per minute.
- It is measured in units of beats per minute (bpm)
- It consists of a single measurement —the number of heart beats per minute.
- Typical reading: 60 bpm