Q: My systolic has always been high, but my diastolic is OK. Any suggestions on how to correct this? Thank you.
A: Systolic blood pressure tends to increase with age. It is now understood that you can have a normal diastolic pressure and still have high blood pressure. Good ways to combat the increase of systolic pressure associated with aging is to have a regular exercise program and maintain a healthy weight. In my opinion, the next step is to use the RESPeRATE. It will lower systolic blood pressure without side effects. If your systolic pressure is 140 or higher after these measures, you need to consult your doctor about treatment.