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

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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My blood pressure is high sometimes and I am taking inderal (propranolol) for 10 yrs. My diastolic blood pressure sometime 104 is it save for me or change medicine?

See your doctor: A diastolic blood pressure of 104 is too high. Your medication will need to be adjusted. Your doctor knows your medical history and will know whether to adjust your dose, add a medication or change you medication. ...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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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 can cause a high systolic and low diastolic blood pressure?

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 might be causing me to have high diastolic blood pressure at only 24?

What might be causing me to have high diastolic blood pressure at only 24?

Multiple: There could be multiple causes including smoking, diabetes, lack of excercise/obesity, high salt diet. Family history also plays a significant role. Diastolic hypertension is more common in younger persons and should be treated. There are also multiple secondary causes that also need to be excluded. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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What can be causing me to have very high diastolic blood pressure at only 22?

What can be causing me to have very high diastolic blood pressure at only 22?

Many causes: Kidney disease, coarctation of the aorta, renal artery hyperplasia, adrenal hyperplasia to name a few. Get a work up! ...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 are some natural treatments for reducing high diastolic blood pressure?

What are some natural treatments for reducing high diastolic blood pressure?

Use systolic: For ambulatory or home monitoring, use systolic measurements (the top number) -- the diastolic measurements are less accurate. ...Read more

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What are some wholesome, natural treatments for reducing high diastolic blood pressure?

What are some wholesome, natural treatments for reducing high diastolic blood pressure?

Exercise; less salt: Reducing salt intake will help to decrease blood pressure. Exercise helps keep the heart healthy and the vascular system elastic enough to provide a good blood pressure. ...Read more

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

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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My husband has high diastolic blood pressure why are tomatoes and sweet peppers bad for him? What food helps reduce it?

My husband has high diastolic blood pressure why are tomatoes and sweet peppers bad for him? What food helps reduce it?

Diastolic BP: Diastolic hypertension is serious. Be sure that a doctor is managing it and follow up is frequent. Tomato and sweet peppers are not bad for hypertension of either category. Both contain antioxidants, which are good, and potassium, which can be good if kidneys are healthy. Best diet for HIBP is low salt, low saturated fat, high polyunsaturated fats, with balance toward mostly plant sources of food. ...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

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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Is there any connection between feet swelling and high diastolic blood pressure?

Is there any connection between feet swelling and high diastolic blood pressure?

Yes: High diastolic blood pressure keeps the resting pressure in the blood vessels high. This results in more fluid "seeping" out into the surrounding soft tissue -- and usually this is dependent. Feet are dependent -- and so they swell. It can also be due to too much fluid in the system or the heart not being able to push enough blood around. ...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 is meant by diastolic blood pressure?

What is meant by diastolic blood pressure?

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 more

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What makes you have a diastolic blood pressure?

See below: Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure measured in the arteries as the heart is relaxing and filling with blood while systolic pressure is the pressure measured when the heart is contracting. ...Read more

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Why does my diastolic blood pressure double while walking?

Why does my diastolic blood pressure double while walking?

Unlikely: How did you measure your blood pressure while walking? What happened to systolic pressure? Doubling diastolic pressure would have raised it above a usual systolic pressure, an untenable situation! ...Read more

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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?

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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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 low diastolic blood pressure?

How low?: If is two low, aortic valve regurgitation (leakage), could be the cause. A physical examination can help screen for that. ...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. M. Hytham Beck
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Diastolic Blood Pressure (Definition)

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