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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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What are systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure?

What are systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure?

See below: Systolic is the pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts. Diastolic is the pressure when the heart relaxes. ...Read more

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Will diastolic blood pressure ever exceed systolic blood pressure?

Will diastolic blood pressure ever exceed systolic blood pressure?

No: Systolic blood pressure occurs during contraction of the heart. The blood pressure falls progressively until the next contraction. Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure immediately before the subsequent contraction. Diastolic blood pressure can never be higher than systolic blood pressure. ...Read more

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Would it be just fine to have high systolic blood pressure and low diastolic blood pressure?

Wide pulse pressure: When systolic and diastolic are very far apart in the absence of obvious illness, your physician may look for a reason. This can be anything from unrecognized paget's of the bone, hyperthyroidism, aortic valve regurgitation, or just being excited over having your blood presure taken. For now, suggest you follow it closely. ...Read more

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What's recommendation if my diastolic blood pressure is high (80-90) but systolic blood pressure is normal (115-125)?

Since you have : Hypertension i would prefer your blood pressure be in systolic range of 90 to 120 and diastolic of under 75. This can be done by maximizing your medications and also exercise and dietary changes that result in weight loss. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have high systolic blood pressure and low diastolic blood pressure? Is that anything bad?

Vascular health....: Generally seen with hardening of arteries, a wide pulse pressure is an insight into disease of the vascular system. It is associated with an increase in risk of heart attack and stroke. Lowering the systolic bp, statins, aspirin, diabetes control, smoking cessation, healthy diet and exercise all play a part in decreasing the risk. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Why is systolic blood pressure so much higher than my diastolic b.P.?

Why is systolic blood pressure so much higher than my diastolic b.P.?

Heart vs. artery: Systolic blood pressure is generated by the pumping of blood by the heart and is hence higher than diastolic blood pressure which is generated by the recoil of the arterial wall. ...Read more

Diastolic Pressure (Definition)

Diastolic pressure is essentially the pressure in the blood vessels in between beats when the heart is filling for the next beat, or the "resting pressure". On a blood pressure meter it is the bottom number, with normal for most patients ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Diastolic Blood Pressure (Definition)

Is the lower number on BP reading measuring BP ...Read more