diastolic diastolic  /ˌdaɪ ə ˈstɑ lɪk/


  • (adj) of or relating to a diastole or happening during a diastole


  1. Hypertension defined as having systolic blood pressure of 140 mmHg or diastolic pressure 90 mmHg, or higher is known to increase risk of stroke and heart attack.
  2. To get the diastolic, or lower reading, the doctor lets more air out of the cuff and continues to listen; the pulse momentarily gets louder and then fades.


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