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Q: Is a high Diastolic pressure dangerous with normal systolic?

I take Lisinopril/HCTZ for borderline high blood pressure. My blood pressure now is usually 117/ 85 or 90. Why is my diastolic still high & should I be worried?

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Neil MD, Health Pro
12/11/08 7:50pm

Hello DP,


The American Heart Association's goal blood pressure is 120/80.  Treatment for blood pressures over 140/90 should include medications, diet modification, and consistant exercise.  Since your dialstolic blood pressure is under 90 mmHg, additional treatment for your blood pressure is unwarrented. 


Keep up the good work!


To your health,

Neil MD

Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
12/14/08 12:49pm

Hi DP,


I have a different opinion than Dr. Neil and want to share it with you.  You can then decide what's best for you.  Ideally, blood pressure should be less than 120/80 to prevent damage to your arteries and organs.  Since your diastolic blood pressure continues to be elevated (above 80), I recommend continuing to find ways to lower this number to the healthy range through healthy food choices that promote lower blood pressure and increased physical activity.


All the best,


Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

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