Which number is more important in a blood pressure reading systolic or diastolic?
- 2 months agoFavorite Answer
They’re both very important for different reasons. Systolic is the pressure of your blood against your blood vessels whenever your heart beats, which should be higher. Diastolic is the pressure in between the beats.
- ️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Lv 72 months ago
- 2 months ago
Both provide valuable insights into what is going on.
One of the main purposes of fluctuating blood pressure is to stay properly hydrated. This may be confusing to some, but it's simple enough when you understand that the blood is composed of around 94% water and that water plays a central role in every function of the body.
There are two oceans of water in the body - one composed of freshwater, located inside the cells and the other, a water/salt mix is located in the extracellular region (outside the cells). These two oceans of water must remain ina critical balance to maintain the body's many functions properly.
When you become dehydrated, there is a loss of water volume inside the cells of 66% while the extracellular region loses 26% of its water volume. The blood experiences an 8% loss of water volume.
Because this throws the water balance off, the body has to try and correct it. Normally, the water (not water substitutes that are so often advised by the medical profession) is replaced by drinking it. When this isn't done, it holds onto extra salt because salt retains water from food.
This is the "too much salt" that the medical profession claims cause high blood pressure.
But it's not the salt that causes high blood pressure. The medical theory is that by retaining salt, too much water is held in the vessels, thus exerting too much pressure against them.
This isn't the way it works.
Since dehydration diminishes water volume in the blood, the blood increases its viscosity (thickens) the vessels constrict in response and this increases the workload on the heart which has to increase the blood pressure.
The water retained by the salt becomes part of the extracellular ocean of water (since it is a water/salt mix). To push this water back into the cells, it first has to be filtered. This is done using a reverse osmosis process to force the water through microscopic holes in the cell membrane which filters out the salt to allow fresh water to enter the cells.
Reverse osmosis requires an increase in pressure, and this pressure increase comes from the increased blood pressure.
As to the numbers themselves, keep in mind that the heart is actually a pump. When it beats, there are actually two beats per cycle which coincide with the injection process of the water.
The top number represents the amount of pressure being used to inject the water into the cells and this constitutes one cycle of the heartbeat. The bottom number comes from the second cycle of the heartbeat and it represents the amount of pressure being used to maintain the water pressure injected by the first cycle.
The pressure of the "normal" cycle that maintains the water balance is around 120/80 (or whatever the medical profession decides they want it to be).
High blood pressure can be corrected by increasing water intake. And contrary to the medical claims of causing high blood pressure, salt should not be avoided (unless a specific condition requires it to be).
The body was designed to take care of itself. The medical profession wrongly advises to "drink fluids" when fluids are not the same as water, nor do they function as water in the body. They also demonize salt. Avoiding these two main components the body needs to function properly is the cause of 95% of people's acquired health problems.
The symptoms that the pharmaceutical companies have labeled "disease" are actually symptoms that the body needs water. But because there are profits to be made, the public isn't educated about this.
- energyconsciousLv 42 months ago
Both have to kept within the limits and above and below limit values can indicate problem.
Do not allow diastolic pressure to rise much above normal. Diseases indicated by above limit values are heart problems, kidney stone, brain clot. Diseases indicated by below limit values are shock, hemorrhage, sepsis, toxic dosage of medicines
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- 2 months ago
they're both important