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how can someone get high blood pressure?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Blame your parents: Well don't blame them, i was just kidding. But the problem runs in families. Diet especially high salt intake can lead to hypertension in some patients. As people get older they are much more likely to get high blood pressure. Some rare causes are related to things like tumors in the adrenal glands or kidney problems.
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Many mechanisms: Most causes may actually be unknown, but run in families. Diseases of the kidneys and hormonal imbalances can be he cause. More commonly, being overweight, excess dietary sodium, medications and alcohol can be the culprit. Seek medical attention since lifestyle and, if needed, pharmacologic therapies are very successful.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can someone age 56 get high blood pressure temporarily from eating hot sauce?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
No: The blood pressure may have gone up if the hot sauce was really hot but hypertension is a diagnosis over time and is not diagnosed on an acute event. If there is a concern, see if you can take blood pressures over a few weeks with a bought or borrowed cuff and if consistently over 140 on the top number or 90 on the bottom number, see a pcp and get checked out!
A 30-year-old member asked:

What to do if someone keeps getting stage 2 high blood pressure?

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Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Needs attention: Stage 2 hypertension is defined as a blood pressure above 160 systolic and/or 100 diastolic; values consistently above 140/90 will damage arteries, leading to atherosclerosis and blockages. This process causes heart attack (death of heart muscle from lack of blood), angina, and stroke. High blood pressure also damages the kidneys. Low salt, weight loss, exercise and extra medications will lower bp.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Which symptoms do you get if you have high blood pressure?

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Dr. Nathan Ritter
Cardiology 24 years experience
Usually none: Most people with high BP dont get symptoms, until they have a heart attack or a stroke (part of brain dies from bleeding into it). That is why high blood pressure is called the "silent killer." however, some people have headache, blurry vision, chest pain, or out of breath with very high blood pressure.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes sudden high blood pressure and tachycardia?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Hypertension: Sudden hypertension and tachycardia can have multiple causes and deserves evaluation by a physician.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Please tell me how long it takes for to develop high blood pressure?

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Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Blood Pressure Info: Blood pressure tends to rise gradually with age due to stiffening of the blood vessels and body tissues. Some patients are diagnosed as children, most in their middle years, and the rest in late life. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising regularly, decreasing sodium (salt) intake, avoiding alcohol and stimulants e.g. Caffeine, getting enough sleep and treating sleep apnea all help.

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