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Diastolic Blood Pressure Less Than 60
What percentage of woman have a diastolic blood pressure less than 60 mm hg? Is it normal and expected?
Good health: 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. There is not really a difference between men and women, per se, so I cannot reliably answer that question for women. ...Read more
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
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
Diastolic pressure: The diastolic blood pressure represents the lowest blood pressure that the vessels are subjected to during the circulation of the blood by the pumping action of the heart, and this occurs just before each heartbeat. The systolic blood pressure is the highest pressure in the blood vessels and this occurs immediately after each heart beat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Can be harmful: Diastolic pressure is the lowest pressure reached inside blood vessels, and occurs as the hear is relaxing between beats. Normal values are below 80. Diastolic BP above 90 (or systolic above 140) will increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. It is definitely worth having BP checked regularly and treated if high. ...Read more
Diastolic BP: Is the lower number on BP reading measuring BP when arteries are "relaxed". ...Read more