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An_242461 posted:
Hi. No clear reason has been given to me about why my diastolic number is higher than the systolic number. When I was diagnosed with hypertension - eight years ago, it was 154/106. I'm on medication - HCTZ/Triamene. I do exercise - hot yoga, walking, occasional cycling; limit my sodium intake and processed foods. My pressure now is 124/78 however, there are times when it will be 130/96, if under stress, or if I forget to take meds a few days. Any suggestions on causes??
BillH99 responded:
Stress can trigger the fight or flight response and in turn raise BP. Some people or more sensitive than others.

Practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and guided imagery help control stress. But my personal experience is that I have had to learn when I am under stress and then do something proactive to deal with it.

No clear reason has been given to me about why my diastolic number is higher than the systolic number.

I am not sure what you mean. The diastolic is always the lower of the 2 numbers.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Good stress reduction info from Bill!

I'd also suggest you get a pill organizer divided by days to help you remember to take your meds.

Here is some information that might help you understand your top and bottom numbers:

Systolic & Diastolic Blood Pressure Numbers


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