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What causes high diastolic blood pressure?

October 12, 2020

From the Medical News Today website

Several factors contribute to high diastolic blood pressure. While a person can control some of these, such as obesity, others are not preventable.

Doctors describe blood pressure using two numbers: systolic and diastolic. They present a reading with the systolic number over the diastolic one. The systolic pressure is the pressure during the heart’s contraction, while the diastolic pressure is the pressure in the period between heartbeats.

The American Heart Association (AHA) state that although people put a lot of emphasis on the systolic number, each increase of 10 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) in diastolic pressure among people aged 40–89 doubles their risk for heart disease or stroke.

In this article, we discuss the common causes of high diastolic blood pressure, how to prevent high blood pressure, and the treatment options.

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