Thoughts on BP with average systolic yet raised diastolic

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crampygrammy
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   Posted 2/9/2012 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking a betablocker for high blood pressure for 2 months now. Before I started medication my BP was 160/100 on average. Now my BP averages 120/88. Can anyone explain why my systolic has gone down so much but my diastolic numbers still remain on the high side of normal?
Thanks for any insight.

stkitt
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   Posted 2/10/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Beta blockers, also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are medications that reduce your blood pressure. Beta blockers work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. When you take beta blockers, the heart beats more slowly and with less force, thereby reducing blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow. Reference: Mayo Staff

Is your Dr. satisfied with your BP in the 120/80 range - if not he may want to adjust or change you medication ?  We all react to medications in our own unique way.

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Kitt


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crampygrammy
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   Posted 2/10/2012 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
It's more like 120/90 but yes, my doctor seems okay with that. I juist wondered why the diastolic pressure didn't come down near as much as the systolic -- but I suppose I'm just "nit-picking."

stkitt
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   Posted 2/10/2012 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Let me see if this helps you:
 
Blood pressure is the amount of force (pressure) that blood exerts on the walls of the blood vessels as it passes through them. There are two pressures measured for blood pressure:
 
  • Pressure while the heart is beating (known as systolic blood pressure)
  • Pressure while it is relaxed (known as diastolic blood pressure).
Diastolic blood pressure changes frequently throughout the day. Things that can make diastolic blood pressure change within a few minutes include:
 
  • Posture
  • Level of exercise
  • Amount of tension
  • Nicotine use.
 
Therefore, it's best to use several blood pressure readings to arrive at your average blood pressure.
 
Be sure to look at your overall health, lifestyle, diet, and family history when comparing your blood pressure to what's considered "normal blood pressure." These factors may cause you to have a higher or lower blood pressure than what's considered normal. Reference: eMed
 
I wish I knew a simple answer but I don't so the above is the best I can do.   wink  
 
Kindly,
Kitt 

crampygrammy
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   Posted 2/11/2012 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Kitt, I wondered why my BP changed so rapidly and the info you provided gives some answers. :-)
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