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What Does High Diastolic Blood Pressure Mean?

Posted Sep 30th, 2019

What Does High Diastolic Blood Pressure Mean?

It's important to learn about heart health! Read this article to learn about what high diastolic blood pressure means for you and how you can solve the problem!

Did you know that high blood pressure is called “the silent killer?” Why? There are generally no symptoms until it’s too late.

What happens when your blood pressure is too high? It can lead to a variety of health problems including heart attack or stroke.

Given that, it only makes sense to monitor your blood pressure regularly. But wait, what do the numbers represent? What does it mean when you have high diastolic pressure?

Curious to know? Then you’re on the right page. We’ll be going over all that you need to know about the topic below. Keep reading to learn more!

How is Blood Pressure Measured?

Your doctor will wrap an inflatable cuff around your arm. You will feel a slight squeeze as it inflates.

Eventually, they will let the air out while listening to your pulse. From there, they will read your blood pressure from a gauge.

It's also possible to measure your blood pressure at home with a personal measurement device. They’re safe and easy to use. Feel free to reach out to a health care professional if you need help using one.

What Do the Numbers Mean?

Blood pressure readings consist of two numbers. The top number is called systolic pressure—it refers to the pressure in your blood vessels each time your heart contracts.

The bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. It measures the force of blood against your blood vessels as your heart rests and fills with blood.

What is High Diastolic Pressure?

Generally speaking, blood pressure levels below 120/80 are considered normal. Anything higher than 80 falls into the "high diastolic pressure" category.

It's important to note, however, that most cases will involve an elevation in systolic blood pressure as well—that is, the top number will also go up. This is referred to as hypertension.

Consequences of Hypertension

Hypertension aka high blood pressure can wreak havoc on your body over time. For instance, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or kidney disease, all of which can have significant consequences.

Not to mention that it can damage your blood vessels. As a result, your heart will have to work harder to get blood to different parts of your body.

You will also be at a higher risk for potentially life-threatening conditions.

Treatment Options For High Blood Pressure

Fortunately, it is possible to lower blood pressure. In some cases, lifestyle changes (e.g. quitting smoking, losing weight, eating a healthy diet) will be enough to lower the numbers.

If your numbers are on the high side, however, your doctor may prescribe medications. There are several types that you can use, all of which are effective.

Taking Care of Your Heart

Hopefully, that gives you a better idea as to what high diastolic blood pressure means. If anything, the best thing that you can do for your heart is to eat healthily and exercise!

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