High Blood Pressure

What Does It Mean When My Diastolic Pressure Is High?

In general, people are not aware of high diastolic pressure. I have seen people asking their doctors, "What does it mean when my diastolic pressure is high?". Let us now see what is diastolic pressure. The diastolic pressure is actually the minimum arterial pressure of the heart when the ventricles are filled with blood. Blood pressure readings are generally marked or measured in numeric values by taking two readings. The diastolic pressure is the second number recorded while reading blood pressure measurements. If the blood pressure reading is taken as 120/80 then the denominator 80 is taken as the diastolic pressure count which means 80 mm Hg. To know more about blood pressure information and the causes of diastolic pressure, read Cause Of High Diastolic Pressure.

So, higher value of blood pressure in the reading (120/80), is known as systolic pressure and the lower value is known as diastolic pressure. A diastolic pressure at rest, averages 90 mm Hg or more. Whenever you find that you have high diastolic pressure, you should immediately lower your blood pressure. High diastolic pressure is the precursor of high heart rate and blood pressure that may lead to heart attack, stroke and kidney diseases.

Besides starting your regime to lower high diastolic pressure, you should buy a blood pressure monitor to check your blood pressure regularly. It's important to check your regular diet and take your medications on time.