Hardening of the blood vessels.

Q: As an older person, I sometimes have a spread of 70 points between diastolic and systolic pressure. (60 under 130) with medication. Is this a problem with hardening of the blood vessels?

A: The difference between your systolic and diastolic blood pressure is known as your pulse pressure. For example if blood pressure is a normal 120/80, the pulse pressure is 40. This is normal pulse pressure. Higher pulse pressures are associated with blood vessels losing their elasticity or becoming hardened. A high pulse pressure is another risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

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