What does 120 diastolic blood pressure mean?
This is what your diastolic blood pressure number means: Normal: Lower than 80. Stage 1 hypertension: 80-89. Stage 2 hypertension: 90 or more. Hypertensive crisis: 120 or more.
What is a dangerous diastolic blood pressure number?
The normal range of diastolic pressure should be 60 to 80 mmHg in adults. Anything above this is considered abnormal (hypertension). However, when blood pressure readings are above 180/120 mmHg, they are dangerous and require immediate medical attention.
Why is diastolic pressure important?
It reflects the amount of pressure inside the arteries as the heart contracts. The bottom (second) number, diastolic pressure, is always lower since it reflects the pressure inside the arteries during the resting phase between heartbeats. As it turns out, both systolic and diastolic blood pressure are important.
What are the dangers of high diastolic blood pressure?
High diastolic pressure can indicate increased risk of chest pain, heart attack and heart failure, particularly diastolic heart failure. It can also cause damage to organs like kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and increase chances of hemorrhage and stroke.
What is the reason for high diastolic blood pressure?
The thyroid gland is one of these endocrine structures and it can produce abnormal levels of hormones that lead to elevations of diastolic blood pressure. Problems with the kidney , such as renal failure , are also a common reason for blood pressure increases.
What causes low diastolic BP?
Among elderly people, low diastolic blood pressure accompanies cardiovascular disease. The causes of low diastolic blood pressure include stiffening of arterial walls, abnormality in coronary blood flow, side-effects of medications or any other underlying medical condition such as organ inflammation or dehydration.
When to worry about diastolic blood pressure?
Contact your doctor if your diastolic blood pressure is less than about 60 millimeters of mercury. Seek prompt medical attention if you notice symptoms of low blood pressure, such as weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness, nausea, confusion or excessive fatigue.