Diastolic blood pressure definition

The force of blood against the walls of your blood vessels when your heart briefly relaxes between beats.

This is the lowest amount of pressure against your arteries and is stated as the second or bottom number in your blood pressure reading; it’s also the lower number in your reading.

Diastolic blood pressure comes from the word diastole.

Related terms: hypertension, prehypertension, systolic blood pressure

Related posts:

Stephanie's Certifications and Experience
About the Author
Stephanie Averkamp

About the Author was created by Stephanie Averkamp, a recognized health and fitness professional and sole-author of the content on this website. Stephanie's approach to weight loss emphasizes making small, realistic, and permanent lifestyle changes. Read more...

Stephanie Averkamp

Our Approach: Short-term solutions (like dieting) are unrealistic and ineffective because at some point they end. As soon as a diet or program ends, so do the results. Permanent weight loss is a journey; it's not a race or competition and there is no finish line. Read more...