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What does systolic and diastolic mean when reading it on the blood pressure monitor?

what does systolic and diastolic mean when reading it on the blood pressure monitor? the meaning of systolic?????? the meaning of diastolic????? whats the difference???????
Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Systolic pressure is the pressure in the arteries (blood vessels carrying oxygenated blood) when the heart contracts (systole). Systolic pressue will be higher. The pressure in the arteries fall when the contraction is over and the heart is relaxing (diastole) as no blood is being pumped into them during diastole. The pressue then is called diastolic pressure and will be lower. The difference between the two values is known as pulse pressure.
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