Systolic vs Diastolic: Different Heart Risks for Different Readings

Cardiovascular disease risk varied depending on systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings

(dailyRx News) High blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and other health problems. A closer look at blood pressure readings may foretell the specific type of health troubles that lie ahead.

Systolic pressure (the top number) is the measurement of maximum force of the blood in the arteries, while diastolic (the lower number) is the pressure measurement when the heart is relaxed. If either number is high, it can signal a health problem.

A new study has discovered that specific health risks may be identified according to which number is elevated.

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