Re: Newly diagnosed High , please help!
If your diastolic pressure remains at 96, you will be diagnosed as hypertensive. Normal BP is less than or equal to 140/85, I believe. If you have been sick, this can cause your BP to increase temporarily.
There are many reasons for "isolated diastolic hypertension", and sometimes the cause is unknown. I have higher diastolic BP than systolic, i.e. 120/85. If it makes you feel better, the blood flow to and through your coronary arteries to your heart, occurs during the diastolic phase (while the heart rests). So, you have good pressure behind the blood flow to your coronary arteries. My diastolic pressure may be higher because of coronary artery blockages, which I am known to have.
You need to check your BP for awhile before you become too worried about it. If you don't have a good monitor to use at home, drop by your doc's office or a local pharmacy and keep a check on it. Good luck and don't worry too much yet.