Blood pressure has two components:
Systolic pressure, the higher number, represents the pressure the heart generates to pump blood to the rest of the body.
Diastolic pressure, the lower number, refers to the pressure in the blood vessels between heartbeats.
Usually, systolic pressure increases as we age. However, after age 60, diastolic pressure usually begins to decline because the body's blood vessels stiffen.
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