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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do i know exactly what is blood pressure and what are the risks if you have high blood pressure?

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Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Blood Pressure: The heart pumps blood through the arteries of the body to the muscles and various organs. Blood pressure refers to the pressure inside the arteries of the body. Each heart beat pushes the blood forward under pressure. The forcefulness of the heart beat and the degree of artery constriction / relaxation determines the blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the risks involved if you have high blood pressure?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 47 years experience
Heart attack, stroke: Heart attack , stroke, congestive heart failure, if left untreated.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What exactly does it mean to have high blood pressure?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Raises Risk: Htn is a silent killer which raises your risk of heart, brain and kidney disease especially when combined with smoking, diabetes and high ldl. Htn is defined as an average BP > 140/90 as measure in the office. Goals of treatment depend on your other issues but 130/80 is a good number.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

Is there a way to find exactly why I have high blood pressure?

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Dr. Helmy Guirgis
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Get treated: The causes of elevated blood pressure are too many.... The answwr is simple, get treated. Stiff arteries, high cholesterol. Overweight, diabetes, familyhistory.... How old are you? Do you have headache, chest pain? Regardless of the cause, it is essential that you get treated. Go to your doctor...Discuss, ask.. Do not be shy... ..
A 39-year-old member asked:

What risks are associated with low and high blood pressure?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Different: Low: dizziness, loss of consciousness, organ shut down, eg acute kidney failure, death. High: none in the short run unless extremely high. In the long run: stroke, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney failure, heart attack, aortic aneurysm, death.
A 21-year-old female asked:

How do you know you have high blood pressure?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 28 years experience
Silent disease: High blood pressure usually does not usually have any symptoms. You must have it checked. Optimally it should be less than 120/70. If it is above 140/90 its high and in between 130/80 its on the borderline side. Lifestyle changes are the best: limit caffeine, limit salt, lose weight, exercise, eat more fruits/veggies.
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