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  • Neil MD
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    January 19, 2009
    Neil MD
    Health Pro
    January 19, 2009

    Hello misswoofalot,

     

    The difference you are talking about it called the pulse pressure.  It is the difference between your systolic and diastolic blood pressure; essentially, the difference between when your heart is most contracted and most relaxed.

     

    An increased pulse pressure can mean several things.  Before you worry too much about it, I would have your pressure checked manually by a health professional.  Automatic cuffs, while giving a good estimate of blood pressure are not as accurate as the human ear.

     

    That being said, if your pulse pressure is actually high there are several different disease that your doctor may consider investigating.  These include valvular diseases of the heart(aortic regurgitation), diffusely stiff blood vessels seen in widespread arteriosclerosis, hyperthyroidism, and arteriovenous malformations (think of these as "short circuits" of the vascular system).  All of these require an accurate medical history, a thorough physical exam, blood work, EKGs, and/or imaging studies for diagnosis. 

     

    Be sure to discuss your blood pressure concerns with your physician at an appointment soon!

     

    To your health,

    Neil MD

     

     


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