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#1 quiltfairy


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 09:25 PM

Has anyone else had this problem? My systolic or upper number is good but my diastolic number is too high; running in the upper nineties and hundreds.


I am not sure what is causing this; can anyone help?

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 06:12 AM

Quiltfairy, I'm not sure if this will help much...but the diastolic number is the 'resting' number - The amount of pressure expended between each heart beat. 


You will want to discuss the reasons for this with your doctor.


Good luck!

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 08:02 AM

Hi Quiltfairy,


I can understand your concern; however, it does depend, I think, on the reading that is normal for you. I've found a useful link to Blood pressure, which does explain the meaning of the different readings.


Please be aware that I have no actual medical training, apart from a now out of date first aid certificate, but I would issue a word of caution; in Scleroderma reduction in kidney function is often accompanied by high blood pressure, so I would advise you to mention this to your Scleroderma specialist at your next appointment or before to ensure your blood pressure is monitored on a regular basis.


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 09:24 AM

Update  on blood pressure.


I saw my GP  yesterday she thought the problem is that my heart is beating too hard and too fast so she put me on a beta blocker med. for it.

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 02:18 PM

Hello Quiltfairy


Please let your scleroderma expert know about this because scleroderma can affect the heart. We usually think of the heart being affected by pulmonary hypertension but that's not all scleroderma can do to it and the key is early detection and treatment. See our heart involvement pages.


Take care.

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