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The rhythmic contraction of the heart, especially of the ventricles, by which blood is driven through the aorta and pulmonary artery after each dilation or diastole.

[Greek sustolē, contraction, from sustellein, to contract; see systaltic.]

sys·tol′ic (sĭ-stŏl′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.systolic - of or relating to a systole or happening during a systole
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adj (Physiol) blood pressuresystolisch
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a. sistólico-a, rel. a la sístole;
___ murmursoplo___;
___ pressurepresión ___.
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adj sistólico
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Q What is the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?
ISLAMABAD -- According to new research, both high systolic and high diastolic blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke.
The first reflects systolic blood pressure, the amount of pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts.
THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Both systolic and diastolic hypertension contribute independently to the risk for adverse cardiovascular events, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
MYK-491 is currently being studied in a Phase 2a multiple-ascending dose clinical trial for the treatment of patients with systolic heart failure, in which the heart is unable to contract sufficiently to meet the demands of the body.
NEW ORLEANS -- Hypertensive elderly patients treated to maintain an ambulatory systolic blood pressure of 130 mm Hg had significantly slower progression of white-matter lesions in their brains than did control hypertensive patients maintained at an ambulatory systolic pressure of about 145 mm Hg during 3 years of follow-up in a randomized, single-center study with 199 patients.
"We found that nonsmoking adults in the study who lived in areas with smoke-free laws in restaurants, bars or workplaces had lower systolic blood pressure by the end of the follow-up period compared to those who lived in areas without smoke-free laws," said Stephanie Mayne, Ph.D., lead author of the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
- Kaiser Permanente research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found if patients with hypertension taking prescribed medications experience unusually low blood pressures -- systolic blood pressure under 110mmHg -- they are twice as likely to experience a fall or faint as patients whose treated blood pressure remains 110mmHg and above.
Among them 50% have shown impaired LV systolic function, whereas the pathologic process may include diastolic dysfunction as well.
[greater than or equal to]120 mm Hg systolic 2% [greater than or equal to]130 mm Hg systolic 23% [greater than or equal to]140 mm Hg systolic 65% [greater than or equal to]150 mm Hg systolic 10% Results based on an informal poll completed by visitors to The Journal of Family Practice's Web site at
A systolic (top number) measurement of 130 mmHg or higher put you in the pre-hypertension range.
Follow up of patients was carried out in 4 visits with recording of sitting systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

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