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Old 11-13-2001, 03:29 AM   #1
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High diastolic

I am a 38 year old male, and have recently been taking some home readings, and am getting between 120 and 135 systolic, but 95 to 100 diastolic. I get very anxious as I take the readings, would this affect the lower reading more? What are the implications of high diastolic if systolic is relatively "normal"? thanks.

 
Old 11-13-2001, 03:53 AM   #2
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Re: High diastolic

seems the doctors are more concerned with the lower number (dystolic?) Last month I went to the doctor and my dytolic was up to 100. He said to watch my sodium intake. Should be 2000 mgs per day. That doesn't leave you much to eat. Prepared food use sodium as a preservative. Well I went yesterday and it was more normal. I took my blood pressure machine in and had it checked to see if it matched his settings and it was good. He said my blood pressure shouldn't be higher than 135/85 or there's a problem. So far so good. I do take a prescription for my blood pressure

 
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Old 11-13-2001, 07:38 AM   #3
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Re: High diastolic

I do have the same problem. Doctor told me that systolic will fluctuate in accordance with your emotional state (ie anxiety, stress, etc.). The lower number is of concern because it is less likely to fluctuate and is more likely to remain at a constant level. If your diastiolic is 90 or 100, then the concern would be that it is constantly at 90 or 100 for whatever reason (in your case it may have been excessive sodium). I find that the lower number will fluctuate slightly. At home, I will get a systolic of 140 and a diastolic of 95. Then, I take it again a few minutes later and it will read something like 130/86. Hope this helps! DK

 
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