Definition of Diastolic:

Pertaining to the relaxation phase of the heartbeat, or period when the heart muscle is resting and filling with blood.  When used in blood pressure readings (for example 12080), it refers to the second/lower number.

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...as a treatment
“...Abana – an Ayurvedic formula that contains Arjun and some 40 other herbs – is believed to help the heart work more effectively through reduced preload and afterload, improved diastolic function, and improved pump function...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...our question about Duration of elevated blood pressure
“While systolic blood pressure is a better predictor of cardiovascular events than diastolic blood pressure or pulse pressure, all three measures are strongly and directly related to the risk of coronary and cerebrovascular events...”
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...as a treatment
“...One study found that aged garlic extract at 7.2gm per day reduced total and LDL cholesterol, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure...”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...Blood pressure is measured with a blood pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer) and recorded as two numbers that represent systolic (peak pressure, when the heart beats, shown first or top) and diastolic (base pressure, when the heart relaxes, shown second or bottom)...”
...our question about your age
“...If persons with ISH and diastolic hypertension are considered, over 50% of black and white men and over 60% of women over age 65 have hypertension.”
...relationship to Hypothyroidism
“Hypothyroidism reduces the amount of nitric oxide in the lining of the blood vessels, causing them to stiffen, which in turn raises diastolic blood pressure.”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“A 1999 study found that in systolic and diastolic hypertension as well as elevated pulse rate, blood plasma vitamin C levels were reduced.”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“Fruit and vegetable consumption (a minimum of five portions daily) was associated with modest reductions of systolic and diastolic blood pressures in a controlled study of 690 healthy people ages 25-64...”
...recommendation Garlic
“One study found that aged garlic extract at 7.2gm per day reduced total and LDL cholesterol, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure.”
...recommendation Magnesium
“...Taking 368mg of magnesium supplements daily for three months reduced systolic blood pressure by an average of 2mm Hg, and reduced diastolic blood pressure by an average of 1.8mm Hg...”
...recommendation Salt Intake Reduction
“...Several studies have shown that diets containing 1600 to 2300mg of sodium per day are associated with average reductions in systolic pressure of -9 to -15mm Hg and in diastolic pressure of -7 to -16mm Hg in salt-sensitive individuals...”
...recommendation Raw Food Diet
“In a study of 32 patients whose diets were changed to include 62% of calories from raw foods, their mean diastolic pressure reduction was 17mm Hg...”
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...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“...And, because the heart muscle does not relax normally in between beats, a potentially serious condition called diastolic dysfunction may result.”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...relationship to Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome
“...Reduced HDL cholesterol: < 40 mg/dL (1.03 mmol/L) in males, < 50 mg/dL (1.29 mmol/L) in females, or specific treatment for this lipid abnormality; Raised blood pressure: systolic BP > 130 or diastolic BP > 85, or treatment of previously diagnosed hypertension; Raised Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG): previously diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes, or FPG > 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L)...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...recommendation Lei Gong Teng
“...Three patients withdrew during the first 16 weeks of dose escalation, including one patient who developed diastolic hypertension at a dose of 180mg per day...”

Test for Cardiac Risk Factors

...as a treatment
“...Although current guidelines for the management of high blood pressure rest almost completely on the measurement of the systolic (top) and diastolic (bottom) values, a new study has found that something known as the "pulse pressure" may actually be a better predictor of heart disease risk...”

Vitamin CoQ10 Need

...the condition
“...Diastolic dysfunction – one of the earliest identifiable signs of myocardial failure – is often found in mitral valve prolapse, hypertensive heart disease and certain fatigue syndromes...”
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