Why do people have high diastolic pressure?

HTN. The pattern of high blood pressure is that young people tend to have high diastolic pressure and elderly people tend to have high systolic pressure. Both/either are harmful and should be controlled. The cause of essential hypertension has never been adequately determined. There is a genetic component and obesity is a risk factor.
Several reasons. The answer is the same for systolic blood pressure. Most is idiopathic (you just get it, no reason) and it does run in families. There are certain rare causes such as adrenal tumors, kidney diseases, or narrowing of the aorta that produce what is called secondary hypertension.

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Why could diastolic pressure be high?

Several reasons. Most high blood pressure is idiopathic (no reason, you just have it) whether it is systolic or diastolic. It runs in families so if your parents have it, you are more likely to get it. There are occasion cases secondary to specific causes such as adrenal tumors, kidney problems, or narrowing of the aorta (called coarctation) and that is called secondary hypertension. Read more...
Age is #1. Risk factor. Our arteries stiffen as we age. Obesity & sedentary life style as well as excessive alcohol. Read more...

What can high diastolic pressure mean?

Needs evaluation. High blood pressure either systolic or diastolic needs evaluation and treatment to prevent complications such as stroke, heart attack, or kidney damage. Read more...
Blood pressure. High diastolic pressure implies a high intravascular volume relative to the peripheral vascular resistance. Many situations can be associated with this. Read more...

What causes high diastolic pressure in people?

Most idiopathic. Most systolic or diastolic hypertension is 'essential" (no reason, you just have it). It does run in families. There are certain unusual causes such as adrenal tumors and blockage in the arteries that supply the kidney which cause "secondary hypertension". (there is a cause.) coarctation of the aorta is another example of "correctible hypertension.". Read more...

What to do if your systolic and diastolic pressure is high?

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...

Is diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg too high for a person in their 20s? If so, what are the recommendations for lowering it?

Diastolic BP. Blood pressure is generally reported with two numbers: the systolic (top) number, & the diastolic (bottom, lower) number. Both are important, & high blood pressure is a cause of stroke, kidney disease, & heart disease. If the blood pressure is consistently high in a young person, evaluation for treatable causes of secondary hypertension may be indicated. . Read more...

What does an elevated diastolic pressure indicate?

Hypertension. Elevated diastolic blood pressure is a form of hypertension. If more than 90 mmhg, it needs to be treated first by salt restriction and diet and exercise, and then by medications. I would not let it linger for very long. 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 more...
Hypertension. Minimize your salt intake. Use norton lite salt. Check with your dr. Read more...