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Can Systolic Blood Pressure Equal Diastolic Blood Pressure
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
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
What drug is best old patients when systolic blood pressure is high and diastolic blood pressure is either normal or low?
Many options: Physician will MAP out plan & monitor therapies....Fyi systolic BP tends to be of more importance than diastolic.
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.
BP AVERAGE: Average BP 130/78 is excellent for a 57 yo man. Newest guidelines recommend 130 and 75-80 as target for therapy.
Aging.: As we age vessels become stiffer. Stiffer vessels are associated with this.
Bp: Diastolic can increase with exercise in many people especially hypertensives. It is related to diastolic runoff resistance during exercise.
What to do with high (140 to 180 at spikes) systolic blood pressure? Diastolic always remains at 80-85. All possible body diagnosis shows I'm healthy.
Keep 2 wk bp record: Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attacks & strokes. Keep home bp record 3x/day for 2 weeks. Schedule appt with MD to review. Go to www. Dashdiet. Org and www. Nih. Gov for excellent info re: prevention & treatment of hypertension. If systolic bp averages>138 and/or diastolic bp averages>89, you have Hypertension and need treatment. If smoke, stop smoking, no added salt cooking&mealsSee 2 more doctor answers
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 pressures. But those are just generalizations.
That's how it is: High blood pressure can manifest as just systolic, just diastolic or both. Any of the above may require treatment. At your age, it's unusual to see isolated systolic hypertension so you should have an echo to rule out aortic insufficiency which is a common treatable cause and very hard to hear with a stethoscope.
Bp: The first thing we do is recheck the values to be sure they are consistent. If the systolic is only a little bit high, we'd just watch it but if its say more than 150 then we'd consider work up and treatment if necessary. Is your doctor concerned about your blood pressure?
Valve issue: It can be a sign of a specific type of heart valve condition. I recommend seeing a cardiologist for an evaluation.See 1 more doctor answer
Aging.: As we age vessels become stiffer. Stiffer vessels are associated with this.See 1 more doctor answer
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