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    Old 10-08-2007, 11:44 AM   #1
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    Systolic and Diastolic

    My resting Blood Pressure usually runs about 140/65 or 135/69. I am 65 and never had trouble with high blood pressure until I got hashimoto thyroiditism (hypo). I take 180 mg Diovan. What concerns me is the low diastolic. Is this bad?

     
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    Old 10-08-2007, 07:59 PM   #2
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    Re: Systolic and Diastolic

    Hi Shmily,

    Your diastolic is well within the normal range. Prescription drugs are a frequent cause of low blood pressure. Antihypertensives and some heart medications (beta blockers) and other drugs can cause the blood pressure to become too low. Of course, there are other causes of hypotension.
    Doctors are not too concerned about low pressure, as long as it does not cause symptoms. You should be concerned if you start feeling faint, dizzy, confused, or get blackouts. Low blood pressure is not a disease. It's usually a symptom of another condition.
    Readings lower than 90/60 are considered as the lower range blood pressure and should be looked into. If either of the numbers (for instance, the systolic) is within a normal range, your reading is still considered lower than normal, even if the second (diastolic) number is less than 60, and vice versa.

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    Old 10-08-2007, 09:03 PM   #3
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    Re: Systolic and Diastolic

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    Hi Shmily,

    If either of the numbers (for instance, the systolic) is within a normal range, your reading is still considered normal, even if the second (diastolic) number is less than 60, and vice versa.

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    Flowergirl,

    Have I misunderstood this?

    My DIA has always been within the normal ranges (60-80) and I've only ever had a problem with the SYS. Does this mean a BP reading of, say, 150-65 is considered "normal?"

    Thanks,
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    Old 10-08-2007, 09:42 PM   #4
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    Re: Systolic and Diastolic

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    Have I misunderstood this?

    My DIA has always been within the normal ranges (60-80) and I've only ever had a problem with the SYS. Does this mean a BP reading of, say, 150-65 is considered "normal?"
    No, you are right, of course. It should have read:
    If either of the numbers is within a normal range, the reading is still considered LOWER than normal.....

    sorry about the omission. I was expecting a phone call & rushing. I am editing my post to include this omission. Thank you for catching it!

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    Old 10-09-2007, 11:50 AM   #5
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    Re: Systolic and Diastolic

    What I was really concerned about was the big difference between the systolic and diastolic. Is this not good? Like 145/70, 137/68, or 130/70. My pulse rate is usually in the 60's. I do have hashimoto hypothyroidism. Was wondering if that is my problem.

     
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    Re: Systolic and Diastolic

    Hi,

    not too sure whether your hyperthyroidism has anything to do with your blood pressure being the way it is.

    In most young people with high blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic readings are high.
    A lot of older people with high blood pressure have a high systolic (140 or more), with normal or LOW diastolic blood pressure. This is called an isolated systolic hypertension. Look it up.

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    Old 10-10-2007, 08:43 AM   #7
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    Re: Systolic and Diastolic

    Thanks, Flowergirl

     
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