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I thought diastolic blood pressure is the pulling of blood into the heart and systolic blood pressure is responsible for pushing it out. am i right?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Not exactly: Your description of systolic is correct: it's the pressure generated by the contraction of the heart. But diastolic pressure, which is measured between heart beats when the heart is filling/not pumping reflects the integrity of the aortic valve and the elasticity of the arterial system, especially the aorta.

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