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what kind of effects does smoking with high blood pressure have?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Contributory: Smoking causes the vessels to conrtact and elevate blood pressure. Over time, hardening of the arteries occurrs. You get into a viscious cycle of this along with elevation of cholesterol and one can have clogged blood vessels in the legs, abdomen, heart, brain and elsewhere, lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, amputation and worst of all impotence!
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Smoking: Smoking cigarette a person inhales nicotine that constricts or narrows blood vessels. The smoker also inhales carbon monoxide especially with filtered cigarettes. Carbon monoxide is the deadly gas from tail pipes of cars and can cause damage to the inner lining of the blood vessels. High blood pressure adds to this damage.

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Can I take blood pressure pills while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: But this depends heavily on what medication you are taking. Post more info on the specifics and we can be more help if possible.
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Can pregnancy-induced hypertension have a negative effects on my baby?

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Yes: Depending on the severity it can lead to stunted growth, medically induced prematurity, etc.
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Can low blood sugar cause someone to become comatose?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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If low enough: Yes. The brain relies on glucose for fuel. If glucose is too low it can harm the brain in serious ways.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for one to fake a high fasting blood sugar level?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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With fingersticks: If the hands and fingers aren't clean and dry, home blood sugar readings may be inaccurate. Sugar on the fingers could end up falsely elevating blood sugar. A concomitant venous sample in lab could demonstrate a discrepancy. Also, the meter may be inaccurate. Eating before a fasting blood sugar may raise the blood sugar in someone with diabetes because it would not be fasting anymore.
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A 55-year-old female asked:

Can l-arginine lower blood pressure & if so what is recommended dosage?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly beneficial: In some people. Arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which has a relaxing effect on blood vessels & can thus reduce blood pressure somewhat. No standardized dose has been recommended. Be advised that arginine can also trigger or worsen viral infections like herpes. Discuss this supplement with your doc before taking it.

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