Essentially, there are two main types of blood pressure measurements which can be taken; systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. The difference between them being that systolic blood pressure is the measurement of the pressure which is created by the heart beating and pumping blood whereas diastolic blood pressure is the measurement of the pressure when the heart is resting between beats. The top number on a blood pressure upper arm monitor is the systolic pressure and the bottom number is the diastolic pressure.

Complications of High Systolic Blood Pressure

Whilst an increase in diastolic blood pressure can, in turn, lead to an increase in systolic blood pressure, it’s also possible to have a high systolic reading and a normal diastolic reading at the same time, known as isolated systolic hypertension, see example in this omron 3 series review . Such complications can potentially increase the likelihood of having a stroke or developing kidney disease or heart disease. Although there are certain medications available which can help to lower a person’s systolic blood pressure, by far the best way of doing so is by living a healthier lifestyle.

How To Lower Systolic Blood Pressure

Fortunately, there are several ways that a person can lower their systolic blood pressure, without having to rely solely on medication. A good start would is to ensure that at least thirty minutes of exercise is performed each day and to cut down or quit smoking.

According to MayoClinic, those who are overweight can significantly reduce systolic pressure by losing just 5 lbs in weight. Another way to lower systolic blood pressure is to reduce daily salt intake to 1,500mg whereas 2,400mg is the usual recommended daily limit. Eating vegetables on a daily basis two to four times each day can also help as can regularly eating fruit, including dried fruits. Limiting the consumption of meat and eating more dairy products can also help lower systolic blood pressure.

It would also be wise to drink tea instead of soft drinks and to use less butter or margarine and eat more organic foods such as raw vegetables and unsalted nuts. If these lifestyle changes are adhered to then a person can significantly lower their systolic blood pressure without having to resort to taking medication.