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glossary:systolic_pressure [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +The time period when the [[heart]] is contracting. The period specifically during which the left [[ventricle]] of the heart contracts. ​
 +The final letter in "​systole"​ is pronounced as a long "​e"​ as in "​lee."​ The adjective for systole is systolic. ​
 +The systolic pressure is specifically the maximum arterial pressure during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart. ​
 +In a [[blood pressure]] reading, the systolic pressure is typically the first number recorded. For example, with a blood pressure of 120/80 ("120 over 80"), the systolic pressure is 120. By "​120"​ is meant 120 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury). ​
 +A systolic murmur is a heart murmur heard during systole, the time the heart contracts, between the normal first and second heart sounds. ​
 +"​Systole"​ came without change from the Greek systole meaning "a drawing together or a contraction."​ The term has been in use since the 16th century to denote the contraction of the heart muscle.
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