Isolated systolic hypertension

Q: My Systolic and Diastolic readings have been as high as 110 points apart. Example: 178 over 68. This seems very unusual to me and my doctors have nothing to say about what it may mean. Any ideas why this can happen?

A: Ask your doctor if you have isolated systolic high blood pressure. As part of aging, systolic pressure tends to increase and diastolic pressure goes down. A systolic reading of 140 or greater needs to be treated even if the diastolic reading is normal. To learn more about this condition click here.

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