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What does it mean if a diastolic pressure is higher than the systolic pressure

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bart Denys
39 years experience Cardiology
Blood pressure: It means impossible. By definition systolic pressure is the "top" value and diastolic the "bottom" value. Always :-).
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Blood pressure: The diastolic pressure can not be higher than systolic pressure.

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesus Yap
Dr. Jesus Yap answered
53 years experience Cardiology
Not much: Wether your diastolic pressure is rising more than your systolic pressure means the same as when it is the other way around . It is hypertension and ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
55 years experience Cardiology
They are different: Some patients have both a high systolic and diastolic blood pressure, but either can be elevated with the other being normal. The systolic pressure ma ... Read More
Dr. Ibrahim Moussa
18 years experience Cardiology
Both can: But your systolic blood pressure can vary more based on your activity, stress, and the volume of fluid in your vessels.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Peper
37 years experience Internal Medicine
False measurement: First recheck measurement with a manual cuff because it could be an inaccurate reading. Diastolic BP is a measure of the BP in the vessels when the ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesus Yap
Dr. Jesus Yap answered
53 years experience Cardiology
Depends on technique: How one takes the BP such as position of the arm body position etc can affect the reading . In general isystolic pressure however is more labile than ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Pulse pressure: Read this: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/pulse_pressure.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
No: They're independent but often tend to go together. Younger people tend to have higher diastolic pressures. Older people tend to have higher systolic p ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Orrego
28 years experience Cardiology
Higher dbp: Any family history of high blood pressure? Usually in young people the diastolic blood pressure is higher than systolic in hypertensive patient. If y ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
32 years experience Cardiology
Atherosclerosis & ..: Conditions such as hardening of arteries which occurs with advanced age and atherosclerosis, anemia and aortic valve insufficiency can all cause low d ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
45 years experience Preventive Medicine
Prob normal for you: There are some red flags associated with a low diastolic blood pressure in older people (may mean arteries are stiffer, or taking too much of an anti- ... Read More
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