What does a high diastolic blood pressure mean?

What does a high diastolic blood pressure mean?

A high diastolic reading (equal to or greater than 120 mmHg) is linked to a higher risk of disease involving the large artery called the aorta that carries blood and oxygen from the heart to distant body parts.

What causes the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

Systolic pressure measures the pressure inside of the artery when the heart is contracting to pump blood. The diastolic pressure is the pressure inside the artery once the heart is resting between beats.

Why Systolic is high?

High systolic blood pressure can have many causes. As we age, our arteries stiffen, and over time this contributes to high blood pressure. The genes we inherit also can cause high blood pressure. Certain underlying conditions like thyroid disease, cortisol excess, and obesity can also cause high blood pressure.

What is good diastolic pressure?

What’s considered a normal reading? For a normal reading, your blood pressure needs to show: a systolic pressure that’s above 90 mm Hg and less than 120 mm Hg, and. a diastolic pressure that’s between 60 mm Hg and less than 80 mm Hg.

What is a good BP reading?

Normal blood pressure for most adults is defined as a systolic pressure of less than 120 and a diastolic pressure of less than 80. Elevated blood pressure is defined as a systolic pressure between 120 and 129 with a diastolic pressure of less than 80.

How can I lower my diastolic?

Follow the 20 tips below to help lower your overall blood pressure, including diastolic blood pressure.

  1. Focus on heart-healthy foods.
  2. Limit saturated and trans fats.
  3. Reduce sodium in your diet.
  4. Eat more potassium.
  5. Lay off the caffeine.
  6. Cut back on alcohol.
  7. Ditch sugar.
  8. Switch to dark chocolate.

How do you calculate systolic blood pressure?

“Systolic” refers to a contraction of the heart. Systolic blood pressure measures the maximum arterial pressure during a contraction of the left ventricle. Multiply this number by 2. This systolic heart rate reflects how many times your heart contracted in 60 seconds.

What is systolic versus diastolic?

Your systolic blood pressure is the top number on your reading. It measures the force of blood against your artery walls while your ventricles — the lower two chambers of your heart — squeeze, pushing blood out to the rest of your body. Your diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number on your reading.

What medications cause elevated diastolic blood pressure?

The drugs that are recommended to treat diastolic hypertension in some people (depending on co-existing conditions etc.) are ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers. The diuretics and non-selective beta blockers would not be first choices in therapy.