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how are systolic and diastolic similar?

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Dr. Jerry Routh
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is related to the ability of the heart to pump blood and to the stiffness of the arteries. The systolic blood pressure or "top number" is dependent on the hearts ablility to pump blood into the arteries. The diastolic pressure or "bottom number" relates to the pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes. Both will increase as the artery wall becomes stiffer with age or plaque.
Answered on Feb 11, 2014
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Sys/dias: Both systolic and diastolic are definitions and in that is their basic similarity. The other answers describe the physiologic similarity.
Answered on Sep 1, 2013

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Sorry : Need more specifics as it usually doesn't.

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