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Is dystolic more important than systolic when taking a BP reading ?

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Dr. Michael Benoit
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In brief: Controversial

Systolic BP is the maximum pressure in your arteries with a heart beat.
Diastolic BP is resting pressure in your arteries between heart beats. Current 2013 guildines found Grade E (poor/opinion) evidence for treating Systolic BP > 140 in those aged <60 and Grade A (very good) evidence for treating Diastolic BP >90. This may indicate diastolic BP is more important but depends on level of each.

In brief: Controversial

Systolic BP is the maximum pressure in your arteries with a heart beat.
Diastolic BP is resting pressure in your arteries between heart beats. Current 2013 guildines found Grade E (poor/opinion) evidence for treating Systolic BP > 140 in those aged <60 and Grade A (very good) evidence for treating Diastolic BP >90. This may indicate diastolic BP is more important but depends on level of each.
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