Definition of Systolic:

Pertaining to the contraction phase of the heartbeat, or the pressure in the arterial system caused by the heart as blood is being pumped out.  When used in blood pressure readings (for example 12080), it refers to the first/upper number.

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...the condition
“...An ankle-arm index (systolic blood pressure at the ankle divided by the brachial systolic blood pressure in the arm) of less than .9 is a highly accurate quantitative indicator of significant arteriosclerosis...”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone) a treatment
“...The diuretic, hypotensive and hypoglycemic effects of Phyllanthus niruri were documented in a 1995 human study, which showed a significant diuretic effect, and a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure in non-diabetic hypertensive and female subjects...”
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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...”

Garlic 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
“Prevalence of isolated systolic hypertension increases with age until at least age 80...”
...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 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 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 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 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...”
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...related topic
“Isolated Systolic Hypertension.”

NADH a treatment
“...Systolic blood pressure was the same in the treated and placebo groups over the first month but thereafter was significantly reduced in the NADH group...”

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)...”

Test for Cardiac Risk Factors 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...”
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