back to Forum

Diastolic Blood Pressure

Are you bothered because your doctor told you that you have a high risk of heart attack for the reason that you have a high diastolic blood pressure? Why not do some research first? For sure, you'll be able to find out more about diastolic blood pressure and how does it affect your health. Perhaps the information below could help. Shown as the bottom and the lower number in a blood pressure reading, diastolic blood pressure is the force of blood in your arteries as your heart relaxes between beats. Like the systolic blood pressure, your diastolic blood pressure is measured in millimeter of mercury (mm Hg). It was thirty years ago when doctors thought that if you have a high diastolic blood pressure, you're prone to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failures. So for many years, diastolic blood pressure has been an important hypertension number, especially for younger people. And for this reason also, treatment strategies have focused on lowering diastolic blood pressure. Now studies shows that systolic blood pressure is far more important that diastolic blood pressure. As you become older, your diastolic blood pressure will start to decrease and your systolic blood pressure will start to rise. Then again, Framingham researchers agreed that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure is essential therefore both should be given equal attention.

Please login to post a reply.