Q: I have high isolated systolic BP and my diastolic is normal. Why is systolic BP more important? Would using RESPeRATE be harmful for this condition? What’s a good way to get your systolic number lower?
A: Both systolic and diastolic high blood pressure readings are important. In recent years, doctors have come to understand that systolic hypertension (high top number with normal lower number) is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The treatment of systolic hypertension is the same as for combined systolic/diastolic hypertension. The RESPeRATE has been shown in clinical studies to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings. It certainly has a place in a treatment plan for hypertension. The treatment plan for an individual is best determined by their physician.