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Posted by: Stephan | 2010/07/20

Blood Pressure

Hi Doc

What does it nean if there is a big difference between systolic and diastolic pressure, eg. 120/40?

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Hallo Stephan
The difference between the systolic and diastolic blood pressure is called the pulse pressure. It is normally around 40. If it is more than 60 it may be an indication of heart disease, most commonly stiffness of the aorta due to high blood pressure or calcification. An overactive thyroid or anemia can also cause increased pulse pressure.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010/07/20

Hallo Stephan
The difference between the systolic and diastolic blood pressure is called the pulse pressure. It is normally around 40. If it is more than 60 it may be an indication of heart disease, most commonly stiffness of the aorta due to high blood pressure or calcification. An overactive thyroid or anemia can also cause increased pulse pressure.
Dr Bets

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