High Diastolic Reading

high diastolic reading

Diastolic readings are often used to determine whether or not patients need to be treated with medications to lower their blood pressure. Although a high diastolic reading does not always indicate a problem, such readings are often used as a screening measure. High diastolic readings typically mean that the heart is pumping harder than it should be, contributing to high blood pressure. It has been well established that high blood pressure is related to atherosclerosis in the arteries, but there are other potential triggers that may contribute to high blood pressure as well.

A high diastolic reading generally indicated that someone has put themselves at risk for heart attack and/or stroke, and that they are at greater risk of developing heart disease. Diastolic readings taken at home on a daily basis are the most likely to be strongly linked to hypertension. In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, patients who had an increased high diastolic reading were at greater risk for developing cardiomyopathy, which is the leading cause of death related to cardiovascular problems. Cardiomyopathy is the gradual deterioration of the myocardium, and symptoms include sudden, severe pain and swelling of the legs, feet, arms and torso. It is not clear whether these symptoms are caused by high blood pressure or by cardiomyopathy, but it is strongly linked to both diseases.

Heart attacks and strokes are the most common causes of death related to cardiovascular problems. As heart disease is a leading cause of death, controlling high diastolic pressure can help reduce your risk for these and other illnesses. Although high diastolic pressure usually only affects adults, there are certain groups of people who are more susceptible to heart attack and stroke: people with abnormal cardiac anatomy, such as people with congenital heart defects; people with high blood pressure, or hyperthyroidism; people with diabetes; individuals over 65 years old; and people taking estrogen replacement therapy. Women taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy) are particularly at risk for developing heart disease, as the hormone increases their blood pressure. In order to avoid these serious health risks, individuals should obtain a correct reading and take measures to control it.

In addition to heart disease, high diastolic readings can signal the presence of a plaque on the artery walls. Plaques are made up of protein molecules that attach to the interior walls of the artery, narrowing them and making them difficult or even impossible to transport blood to and from different parts of the body. When the plaque is not treated, it begins to accumulate, blocking the flow of blood to the heart. The accumulation of the plaque can result in a heart attack, stroke or coronary artery disease.

The link between high diastolic readings and increased risk for hypertension is established by the fact that when a person has a high reading, they typically have a greater risk for hypertension. Hypertension, however, may not necessarily be associated with high blood pressure. High blood pressure alone does not lead to a high diastolic reading. A high blood pressure reading can actually be an indicator of congestive heart failure or heart attack, which increases the individual’s risk for heart attack.

While congestive heart failure decreases the individuals overall health, it also reduces the individual’s ability to properly pump oxygenated blood throughout the body. Individuals with congestive heart failure will often have an abnormal high diastolic blood pressure and high blood vessel counts. While a high number of blood vessels may not directly cause hypertension, they do contribute to an unhealthy cardiovascular system and potential for heart attack and stroke.

High systolic readings are associated with the use of certain prescription medications. Some individuals, especially diabetics, experience high blood pressure as a result of the medication they take. Individuals that have a history of heart attacks or strokes are also at risk for developing hypertension through the use of certain medications. Systole is the number one cause of heart attack in diabetics. Systole can lead to high blood pressure or it can actually lower the individual’s systolic count. Medications that lower the systolic count can increase the individual’s risk for hypertension.

For individuals suffering from either high blood pressure or high diastolic reading, a simple systole cuff can help them to stabilize their conditions. The first korotkoff sound is the noise that occurs when the cuff is first placed around the individual’s chest. The cuff is first inflated until the pressure on the artery to the ears is similar to the density of air.