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What is the significance of elevated hypertension?

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Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 39 years experience
Hypertension: Elevated hypertension is redundant :-) hypertension is elevated blood pressure. If untreated, hypertension leads to a wide array of complications such as atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, kidney failure leading to dialysis and loss of limb to name some.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
If pregnant, lots: If a woman has a history of hypertension in the past and the blood pressure suddenly increases, she needs evaluation by a specialist in hypertension and/or maternal-fetal medicine specialist. She might be developing superimposed preeclampsia which can worsen quickly placing the woman and baby at risk. Or she might not have that but may need medication change. Only expert evaluation can tell which.
Dr. Christopher Lynch
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
See below: Simply put, hypertension-which means elevated blood pressure- can cause symptoms in and of itself in some patients.( headache, blurry vision, bloody nose, etc. ) more concerning, it increases the risk for a vascular event( like stroke or heart attack). In extreme cases, what physicians refer to as hypertensive emergency, acute end organ damage can occur such as kidney failure or aneurysm.

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What is the significance of hypertension?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Very important!: Hypertension is major risk factor for stroke. It can also lead to kidney failure and congestive heart failure. Even severe hypertension may not cause any symptoms for years. Treatment is very effective but the challenge is to convince patients to take their medicines consistently to maintain good control and to visit their physicians to ensure that blood pressure remains at optimum levels.

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