Systolic rising during exercise, diastolic stays the same.

Q: With medication, my normal BP averages 125/70. Exercising (HR 120>) causes the systolic to rise significantly while the diastolic remains the same. (Difference can be 100 points). Cause and solution?

A: With exercise, diastolic blood pressure normally does not change or just drops slightly.  Systolic blood pressure increases with exercise.  It increases more with vigorous exercise. You are describing what usually occurs with exercise.  Keep in mind certain blood pressure medicines interfere with how the body responds to exercise.  If your blood pressure is not staying within an acceptable range, you should discuss this further with your doctor.

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