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A 33-year-old member asked:

What's more important diastolic or systolic pressure?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Both, actually: In actuality, they're both important for their own reasons. The systolic pressure should be lower than 120 and the diastolic lower than 80 for optimal health and risk reduction (i.e. Heart disease and stroke).

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why is systolic pressure higher than diastolic?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Systolic blood : Pressure is essentially the pressure measured when the heart is contracting and ejecting blood while diastolic pressure is the pressure measured while the heart is relaxing and receiving blood . Therefore systolic BP is higher than diastolic pressure.
CA
A 53-year-old member asked:

Which is higher: diastolic or systolic pressure?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 47 years experience
Systolic: Systolic is always higher (unless the diastolic is augmented by an intra-aortic diastolic balloon pump).
CA
A 25-year-old member asked:

Why could my systolic pressure change, but not my diastolic pressure?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
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 many times tends to be somewhat more variable and more affected by anxiety. Certain conditions such as a leaking of the aortic valve tend to elevate one (in that case the systolic) more than the other.
A 35-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Blood pressure: The diastolic pressure can not be higher than systolic pressure.
Wausau, WI
A 30-year-old male asked:

How come my diastolic pressure doesn't go down but my systolic pressure does?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Kathryn Peper
38 years experience
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 heart is relaxing between beats. It can be considered a form of pre hypertension if it is elevated say during exercise but eventually returns to normal (.

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