Q: What is the significance of having a lower diastolic (50’s & 60’s) with a high systolic (anywhere from 119 to 140’s, 150’s, 160’s and occasionally 170’s)?
A: You have isolated systolic hypertension. This is a condition that needs to be treated to lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Having a big difference between your systolic and diastolic pressures is an added risk.
Isolated Systolic Hypertension-Causes, Diagnosis and Cure