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what are the effects of smoking on blood pressure?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Raises it: Smoking among other detrimental effects, has been shown to increase blood pressure.
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It raises it: Many cases of secondary hypertension are related to smoking, especially heavy smoking and esp in women. Smoking constructs blood vessels, which elevates the blood pressure. Smoking and high blood pressure are two major risk factors for developing arteriosclerosis, which is what results in most heart attacks and strokes.

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Is it a good idea to bank some of my own blood before delivery?

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No: This mom-to-be banked blood of close friends who were o neg (for baby at birth) and family members for herself. But that was due to high risk of recurrent bleeding. Physicians reassured that the blood was "no safer" than blood bank blood, but to a first-time midlife mom with history of fertility and high chance of having only one [premature] child, it was more reassuring. Each case differs. Pam y.
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How is blood pressure recorded at home easiest?

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Home Machine: You can get home blood pressure machines at many pharmacys and retail stores. Consult with your doctor about most appropriate machine for you. When you get a machine, take it to your doctors appointment and check your blood pressure as compared with the office measurement.
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What's a blood panel for acid-base metabolic disorder?

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What's metastasis, and how does it happen? By blood?

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