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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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?

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

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My systolic blood pressure averages about 130 my diastolic 78 is that high?

My systolic blood pressure averages about 130 my diastolic 78 is that high?

BP AVERAGE: Average BP 130/78 is excellent for a 57 yo man. Newest guidelines recommend 130 and 75-80 as target for therapy. ...Read more

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For what reasons might systolic blood pressure increase with exercise but diastolic doesn't?

For what reasons might systolic blood pressure increase with exercise but diastolic doesn't?

Bp: Diastolic can increase with exercise in many people especially hypertensives. It is related to diastolic runoff resistance during exercise. ...Read more

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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.

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&meals ...Read more

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What are the differences between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

What are the differences between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

Systolic diastolic: Systolic is the blood pressure when the heart contracts or the peak pressure while the diastolic pressure is when the heart is relaxed or the minimum pressure. ...Read more

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Blood pressure: does your systolic pressure affect diastolic pressure?

Blood pressure: does your systolic pressure affect diastolic pressure?

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. ...Read more

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Why is my systolic blood pressure high but not my diastolic? I need some advice.

Why is my systolic blood pressure high but not my diastolic? I need some advice.

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. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about high systolic and normal diastolic blood pressure?

Should I be concerned about high systolic and normal diastolic blood pressure?

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? ...Read more

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What does normal systolic and low diastolic blood pressure mean?

What does normal systolic and low diastolic blood pressure mean?

Valve issue: It can be a sign of a specific type of heart valve condition. I recommend seeing a cardiologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause a high systolic and low diastolic blood pressure?

Aging.: As we age vessels become stiffer. Stiffer vessels are associated with this. ...Read more

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What's the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

What's the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

See below: Systolic blood pressure (top #) is the pressure measured when the heart is contacting (ejecting blood) while diastolic pressure (bottom#) is the pressure when the heart is relaxing and filling with blood. ...Read more

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What is the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

What is the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

See below: Systolic pressure (top number) is the pressure measured when the heart is contracting and ejecting blood. Diastolic pressure (bottomnumber) is the pressure measured when the heart is relaxing and filling with blood. ...Read more

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How can I lower my systolic without lowering my diastolic blood pressure?

How can I lower my systolic without lowering my diastolic blood pressure?

Difficult: Difficult as lowering systolic generally lowers diastolic as well. My question is why are you concerned about not lowering your diastolic bp. ...Read more

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My friend has a great disparity in the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. For example 130/60. Is that a problem?

My friend has a great disparity in the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. For example 130/60. Is that a problem?

I.e. Pulse Pressure: Typical healthy adult resting pp ~40 mmhg. 70 mmhg, as in your example, results from stiff arteries (advanced ds in walls arteries), aortic regurgitation (leak) and/or an av fistula (e.g. Someone with a shunt created for dialysis). Aortic regurgitation murmur difficult & rarely heard with stethoscope; easy to see on good quality doppler echo. Yet beware sbp & dbp from separate single heart beats. ...Read more

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Why is my diastolic blood pressure so low in comparison to my systolic pressure?

Why is my diastolic blood pressure so low in comparison to my systolic pressure?

Atherosclerosis &. .: Conditions such as hardening of arteries which occurs with advanced age and atherosclerosis, anemia and aortic valve insufficiency can all cause low diastolic blood pressure and a wide pulse pressure. Please see which of these may apply to you. ...Read more

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What causes high systolic and low diastolic blood pressure in a young athletic man?

What causes high systolic and low diastolic blood pressure in a young athletic man?

Being athletic: This is physiologic rather than pathologic when a large stroke volume, often accompanied by a slow heart rate, is produced by the very strong heart. I've seen it often as a sometime sports physician. ...Read more

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Is having a consistently lower than normal diastolic blood pressure a good or bad thing (i.e between 40-50 mmhg) if the systolic pressure is the normal range (i.e in the 90s mmhg)?

Is having a consistently lower than normal diastolic blood pressure a good or bad thing (i.e between 40-50 mmhg) if the systolic pressure is the normal range (i.e in the 90s mmhg)?

Prob normal for you: There are some red flags associated with a low diastolic blood pressure in older people (may mean arteries are stiffer, or taking too much of an anti--hypertensive drug (s), but in a young male such as yourself, it is likely normal. Especially since your systolic blood pressure, while normal, is on the low side, too. Unless you have symptoms such as dizziness/light-headedness, I would not worry:) ...Read more

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What causes high diastolic blood pressure? Over 90 when Systolic hovers around 125. GP says I worry about BP to much, when its 140/95 worry. 43 male

What causes high diastolic blood pressure? Over 90 when Systolic hovers around 125. GP says I worry about BP to much, when its 140/95 worry. 43 male

Second opinion: Diastolic blood pressures over 80 in a 43 year old are not normal and may reflect any number of disorders associated with vascular compliance. I recommend you make an appointment with a heart or kidney doctor as they often have specialized training and experience in hypertension management. Treating your hypertension now will avoid significant problems when you are older. ...Read more

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Which heart valvular disease is just associated with low diastolic blood pressure? (Systolic is good for instance 110)

Which heart valvular disease is just associated with low diastolic blood pressure? (Systolic is good for instance 110)

Low DBP: A low diastolic blood pressure has many potential cause, valve disease is only one of them. The one most commonly associated with it is aortic insufficiency. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my diastolic blood pressure?

Several things: High diastolic pressure is usually related to volume retention due to kidney disease or high blood count. So usually medication that are vaso-dilators or diuretic or other blood pressure medications. Smoking, diabetes, sleep apnea or snoring and obesity are among the factors that elevate blood pressure therefore controlling these factors can also reduce blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is a low diastolic blood pressure number?

Less than 60: Please see this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/low-blood-pressure/ds00590. ...Read more

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Is a diastolic blood pressure of 53 dangerously low?

Is a diastolic blood pressure of 53 dangerously low?

NOW BP MAYBE OK: Asymptomatic chronic low blood pressure is generally not a problem. However, some possible causes: low thyroid, low cortisol, heart disease, dehydration, blood loss, allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), infection (sepsis). You may need lab tests to check these possibilites. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of low diastolic blood pressure?

What are the main causes of low diastolic blood pressure?

Not many: Not many and not that important. Most common reason would be aortic insufficiency (leaky aortic valve).
Other than that, there are artifacts (errors) taking the blood pressure in someone with rigid arteries that will make diastolic BP artificially low.
True diastolic low BP (not related to leaky valve) requires NO treatment ...Read more

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Is it healthy to have diastolic blood pressure as low as 58?

Is it healthy to have diastolic blood pressure as low as 58?

Sure: A low diastolic is not bad, in and of itself. Mine is <50. What could be a problem is if it is usually >70 or 80, and then suddenly drops to 60, you don't have enough pressure during the resting phase of your heart beat to keep blood pressure or flow to the brain. ...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. Adam Lewis
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Diastolic Blood Pressure (Definition)

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