Re: systolic vs diastolic numbers
B/p meds vary in the ability to decrease one or both numbers. For example, I've found beta blockers in general are better at getting the 2nd number down (diastolic) whereas diuretics work better at getting the top number down. So I've had the problem of my diastolic being too low while my systolic too high. Norvase is better at getting the top number down. Of course, there are always individual differences in how we respond to a certain drug.
Also, our reaction to stress can throw off all the numbers so we don't know what is going on. That's why we have to do our best to manage our stress etc. so we can see what effect each drug has on our b/p. I didn't do well in this area for a long time so it prolonged the time to get my b/p under control. Finally, I woke up one day & told myself that I had to do my part instead of expecting the drug to do everything. Fam