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Heart Disorders board

I have heard a lot about the significance of high or low blood pressure, but what is the significance of the difference between the Systolic and Diastolic figures themselves.

For example we are told that 120/80 would be a good figure to aim at, but I tend to get figures that are more like 130/70. It averages out to the same number, but it is a wider spread than the 'ideal' figure. Is this a good thing, or not?

Conversely supposing someone had a narrower spread, such as, say, 110/90. What would that signify?

By the way, the reading that I mention for myself is only what it is as a result of the medication that I take, that is a combination of Atenolol and Ramipril. Before I was on the medication if I had been measured using as old style gauge the mercury would have squirted out of the top!