As a rule, if you have high diastolic blood pressure,
high systolic blood pressure is not far behind
Diastolic blood pressure is the bottom and lowest number of the blood pressure reading you will get.
For example, if your blood pressure is 120/80, the diastolic pressure is represented by the number 80.
It is the pressure against the walls of your blood vessels between heart beats, whereas the systolic is the pressure at the moment when the heart is beating.
Diastolic vs. Systolic
In general, the diastolic is not as important as the systolic, because high blood pressure considers when he most force is being exerted on the walls. Systolic pressure will always be a higher force, so it is more relevant. Isolated Systolic Hypertension is when the systolic is very high but the diastolic is low and is a particularly common form of high blood pressure.
Diastolic blood pressure has its own importance though, or there would be no point in measuring it!
Both forms of blood pressure rise as a person ages and their blood vessels become less flexible and their organs less functional. However, the diastolic stops deteriorating around the age of 55 while the systolic continues to rise. This makes it indispensible for determining the blood pressure of younger people.
Another important use of diastolic pressure is in ascertaining the risk of stroke and heart attacks. A study into the relevance of systolic and diastolic pressure showed that: “... from a systolic BP value of 115 mm Hg and a diastolic BP of 75 mm Hg, each additional 20-mm Hg increment in systolic BP and 10-mm Hg increment in diastolic BP doubles the stroke mortality rate in an age range of 40 to 89 years.”
Here, diastolic is not merely a back up for systolic readings, but equally important in its own right!
The Ideal numbers :
The most appropriate diastolic pressure reading is between 70 and 90, with the ‘perfect’ reading being 80. Obviously, these numbers are subject to change, and if your reading is a couple of digits out there isn’t any cause to worry. Having a particularly low or high diastolic blood pressure can be very useful for a physician who is diagnosing any heart complications you might have, but a slightly abnormal reading on its own is usually nothing particularly dangerous.
Lowering High Diastolic Blood Pressure
Perhaps you’re still concerned about your diastolic? The simple answer is to follow the golden rules to a healthy heart:1.Eat healthily (that means less salt and fatty foods for a start!)2.Exercise3.Keep clear of chemicals and stimulants like nicotine
If you’re sure that you’re living as healthily as you can, the problem might be that you’re genetically predisposed to high blood pressure and you might have to reach a little further for low blood pressure. Yoga and meditation are great ways to calm yourself and gently reduce pressure and there are plenty of healthy, natural alternatives available to the quick-fix drugs you can get form your GP or the pharmacy. Healthy and natural high blood pressure remedies can keep your pressure low without any of the nasty side effects, so don’t make pills the first stop along the path to lower pressure.