"He is not here;
He has risen, just as He said.
Come and see the place where He lay."
-- Matthew 28:6
The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).
The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood).
A 118 Systolic reading is perfectly normal. Above 120 starts the prehypertension category. But a 98 Diastolic reading is considered Hypertension Level 1. Above 100 is Hypertension Level 2. The only level above that comes at 110, which is Hypertension Crisis.
So, hopefully between lowering my salt intake, increasing my water intake, sleeping better, working out regularly, and losing some weight, I can get my blood pressure into a more acceptable range. And I have six weeks to make a difference. After that, my doctor wants more blood work to make a decision on how to treat my high blood pressure.