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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Abnormal Blood Pressure (Overview)

Abnormal blood pressure is a symptom in which a person's blood pressure is much higher or much lower than it should be for his age and body size. If either the systolic (upper number) pressure or the diastolic (lower number) pressure is not in the normal range, then the blood pressure is abnormal.


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Please tell me what causes abnormal blood pressure?

Please tell me what causes abnormal blood pressure?

Blood pressure: The diseases that can cause high or low blood pressure are legion and comprise virtually every category of disease, infectious, endocrine, gastrointestinal, renal, cardiac.... ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
1,358 Doctors shared insights

Abnormal Blood Pressure (Overview)

Abnormal blood pressure is a symptom in which a person's blood pressure is much higher or much lower than it should be for his age and body size. If either the systolic (upper number) pressure or the diastolic (lower number) pressure is not in the normal range, then the blood pressure is abnormal.


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Abnormal blood pressure worse if upper or lower number?

Abnormal blood pressure worse if upper or lower number?

Both are bad: Docs used to think that a high number was normal with age, research found a higher risk for stroke with higher upper number than lower number if either number or both are high, there is risk for heart attack and stroke, and both need treatment. Risk starts to climb at 125/75, not 140/90. Blood pressure over 130/85 needs to be treated first with lifestyle changes, then medication if fails. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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With chronic high blood pressure what are my treatment options?

With chronic high blood pressure what are my treatment options?

Not your mom's fault: Cushing syndrome is a condition involving the hypothalamus and the pituitary glamd causing excessive stimulation of your adrenal glands so as to produce excessive amounts of hormones called glucocorticoids similar to cortisone. This in turn causes weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other changes. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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How can I get rid of high blood pressure?

How can I get rid of high blood pressure?

Hypertension: Usually essential hypertension is for life. However with aggressive lifestyle changes, weight loss and salt avoidance you may control your bp. That being said continue with medications until told otherwise by your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any tips to prevent high blood pressure?

Diet and Exercise: The best means of preventing high blood pressure are to eat a good diet, regularly exercise, abstain from smoking and only drink alcohol in moderation. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor your blood pressure at home
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See your doctor regularly and work with him/her to control your blood pressure
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Take your medication as instructed without fail
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How can I lower my genetic high blood pressure?

How can I lower my genetic high blood pressure?

HTN: Not sure what you mean by genetic HTN, but generally unless you have some rare secondary cause of HTN, ie renal artery stenosis, etc, then HTN is treated like all other HTN. Low salt diet, weight loss, exercise, medications. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes abnormal blood pressure?

Blood pressure: The diseases that can cause high or low blood pressure are legion and comprise virtually every category of disease, infectious, endocrine, gastrointestinal, renal, cardiac.... ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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Abnormal blood pressure worse if upper or lower number?

Both are bad: Docs used to think that a high number was normal with age, research found a higher risk for stroke with higher upper number than lower number if either number or both are high, there is risk for heart attack and stroke, and both need treatment. Risk starts to climb at 125/75, not 140/90. Blood pressure over 130/85 needs to be treated first with lifestyle changes, then medication if fails. ...Read more

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What is the abnormal blood pressure for teenage? My blood pressure when the last time I saw is 145/82 is it normal for me 17 yrs old male

What is the abnormal blood pressure for teenage? My blood pressure when the last time I saw is 145/82 is it normal for me 17 yrs old male

Diagnosing high BP: One high blood pressure measurement does not mean you have hypertension. Relax, and check it again when you are feeling comfortable and have been sitting quietly for at least 5 minutes. If the blood pressure is consistently elevated in a young person, testing for causes of "secondary hypertension" is indicated. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Do not eat the skin when eating poultry
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Why does having abnormal blood pressure lead to impotence?

Why does having abnormal blood pressure lead to impotence?

Many reasons.: The drugs used: diuretics and beta blockers, etc. But remember, if you have other co-morbid conditions such as cholesterol issues, or diabetes, you may have vascular disease as well. Also, obesity in men converts testosterone to 17-b-estradiol, an estrogen. This is not good for libido. Remember, obesity can lead to all the above, and treatment can worsen it. ...Read more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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What is the normal and abnormal of blood pressure?

What is the normal and abnormal of blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Abnormal readings of blood pressure Are considered to be less than 90/60 mmHg or greater than 120/80 mmHg. Here's an article with some more information - Hope it helps! Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/prehypertension/basics/definition/con-20026271 ...Read more

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I recently went to the neurologist and they took my respiratory rate, which was 30, and I wondered if that is abnormal? My blood pressure was normal.

I recently went to the neurologist and they took my respiratory rate, which was 30, and I wondered if that is abnormal? My blood pressure was normal.

Respiratory rate: Higher than 20 breaths per minute is typically considered high. Maybe you were feeling anxious? Measure your breathing rate randomly from time to time and if still high you can consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
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Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
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Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
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What conditions give abnormal results of blood pressure?

Blood pressure: The diseases that can cause high or low blood pressure are legion and comprise virtually every category of disease, infectious, endocrine, gastrointestinal, renal, cardiac.... ...Read more

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Is it abnormal for the blood pressure to be different in both arms?

Is it abnormal for the blood pressure to be different in both arms?

Yes and no: It's normal for the pressures to vary by as much as 10 points. If it's more than that averaged on multiple measurements, you've either made inaccurate measurements or there's a blockage in one of your subclavian arteries. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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Hello Doctor, I had an episode where I felt irregular heartbeat followed by dizziness and high blood pressure?

Hello Doctor, I had an episode where I felt irregular heartbeat followed by dizziness and high blood pressure?

See a doctor: IK do not know the circumstances surrounding this episode but you should be checked out by a physician. Especially given the elevation in your blood pressure ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested
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Eat your vegetables!
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Try some of the many low-carb recipes online
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Substitute a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla wrap for sandwiches
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Due to high blood pressure and irregular heart beat, I have to have a heart scan in a few weeks. Can still I use treadmiill for 30mins every two days?

I would urge: You to postpone the treadmill until you are cleared by your cardiologist. The added stress could exacerbate your heart irregularities or elevated your blood pressure further. ...Read more

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Lightheaded with very low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat 116/53 and pulse 100?

Lightheaded with very low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat 116/53 and pulse 100?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Low Blood Pressure (Definition)

Also called hypotension, this occurs when blood pressure during and after each heartbeat is much lower than usual. This means the heart, brain, and other parts of the body do ...Read more