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What Does It Mean If A Diastolic Pressure Is Higher Than The Systolic Pressure
The systolic blood pressure (the larger or "top" number of a reading) measures the pressure of the blood coursing through a vessel at its peak. It is a function of both how dilated the blood vessels are overall, the amount of blood in those vessels, and the force of squeeze generated by the heart. This number is the primary target ...Read more
False measurement: First recheck measurement with a manual cuff because it could be an inaccurate reading. Diastolic BP is a measure of the BP in the vessels when the heart is relaxing between beats. It can be considered a form of pre hypertension if it is elevated say during exercise but eventually returns to normal (. ...Read more
How come my diastolic pressure is usually above 80 and appears less stable than my systolic pressure?
Depends on technique: How one takes the BP such as position of the arm body position etc can affect the reading . In general isystolic pressure however is more labile than the diastolic pressur. ...Read more
Please advise what is the implication when there's a great difference between systolic pressure and diastolic pressure?
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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
Lately my diastolic pressure's high -- 90 to 95 -- but my systolic pressure's okay, 115 to 130. My diet needs improvement but my bmi's about 20 and i walk a couple miles most days. Any advice?
Higher dbp: Any family history of high blood pressure? Usually in young people the diastolic blood pressure is higher than systolic in hypertensive patient. If you do not have a history of HTN i would reccomend you to check it a couple of times per week , if the diastolic BP is higher than 90 you might need 24 h BP monitoring to confirm hypertension. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Arteries and veins: Systolic pressure is the pressure in your artery during during cardiac contraction as blood rapidly flows into the arteries . It measures to certain degree the elasticity of the vessel . Diastolic pressure is the pressure after contraction when no active flow is going and measures the resting tone of the artery . CVP is the venous pressure closest to the heart or the vena cavae. ...Read more
Pressure in arteries: The pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts is the systolic blood pressure and when it relaxes the pressure is the diastolic pressure. It could be measured directly by putting a needle into an artery or indirectly with a blood pressure cuff. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How low?: If you do not have any symptoms and is it is between to 60 mmhg, it is probably normal for you. It is hard to diagnose someone just based on a number, may things can cause a drop in the diastolic bp, infections, dehydration, hormonal problems, heart problems, pregnancy, blood loss, lack of nutrient among many others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See doc, likely meds: Elevated systolic and diastolic BP implies likely needs for meds to control bp. If elevations are borderline high (130-140/80-90), would suggest checking at home, and then consider weight loss, alcohol and salt restriction to help. If frequent rechecks still show BP often in excess of 140/90, need to start med, along with physical exam and lab tests. ...Read more
Heart cycle: The heart is a pump that works in a cycle. Each heart beat has 2 components: systole when heart contracts to pump blood and diastole when heart relaxes to fill with blood. That is why each blood pressure measurement has 2 numbers: the upper one is systolic blood pressure and lower one is diastolic blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pulsatile flow: Blood flows through the arteries in a pulsatile fashion, propelled by rhythmic contractions of the left ventricle. The pulsatile flow means that the pressure is higher in systole (when the heart contracts) and lower in diastole (when the heart relaxes). Systolic pressure is the peak pressure and diastolic pressure is the lowest pressure. ...Read more
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