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Are all muscle buildups in your heart due to hypertension?

Are all muscle buildups in your heart due to hypertension?

No: Thickening of the heart muscle or hypertrophy may be caused by hypertension but other causes such as a genetic disorder with congenital hypertrophic myopathy need to be excluded. The echocardiogram is the usual way to determine if your heart muscle is thickened and the degree of regression of the thickening may be used to show the effectiveness of antihypertensive therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Imbalance, shortness of breath, light headed, dizziness, rapid heart rate, anxiety, hypertension, neck muscle spasm..These are my symptoms, what is it?

Imbalance, shortness of breath, light headed, dizziness, rapid heart rate, anxiety, hypertension, neck muscle spasm..These are my symptoms, what is it?

Time for an exam: These sound serious enough to see a doctor for an exam. I doubt that you can get a valid diagnosis any other way and whatever it is, you'll probably need some intervention. So, do it soon and start getting better. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Overweight with high blood pressure..could right side back pain that is recurrent (couple months) be a sign of impending heart attack? Or just muscle?

Overweight with high blood pressure..could right side back pain that is recurrent (couple months) be a sign of impending heart attack? Or just muscle?

Depends on: exact location, severity, timing, tenderness on palpation or motion, and lots of other things. Cannot determine for certain here, so you should see a doctor to make sure that this is not angina or any other serious condition. ...Read more

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If I have an enlarged heart due to hypertension along with angina, palpitations and breathlessness, does this mean I have heart disease?

If I have an enlarged heart due to hypertension along with angina, palpitations and breathlessness, does this mean I have heart disease?

Yes. : All heart disease is not created equal, however. Generally, when we talk about heart disease we are speaking if coronary artery disease, which at your tender years, you don't have. You could have a congenital cardiomyopathy or a viral cardiomyopathy of myopathy based on essential hypertension. An enlarged heart and high blood pressure is "heart disease". Talk with your cardiologist for clarifying. ...Read more

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How common is primary hypertension and elevated heart rate in a fit 17yr old boy? Is it more common to be hypertension due to a secondary cause?

How common is primary hypertension and elevated heart rate in a fit 17yr old boy? Is it more common to be hypertension due to a secondary cause?

GOOD THINKING!: Good thinking! definitely consider increased thyroid hormone levels, as well as cardiac and renal causes. Thyroid profile, blood chemistry, ekg; if abnormal – echocardiogram. Your family physician will do it all. ...Read more

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Is hypertension considered a heart disease?

Is hypertension considered a heart disease?

No: It's a risk factor for heart disease, but, untreated, it leads to hypertensive heart disease which, by definition, is a heart disease. ...Read more

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How would hypertension affect heart disease?

How would hypertension affect heart disease?

Hypertension: Htn causes secondary changes in the blood vessels which are associated with heart attack. ...Read more

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Can you have heart disease just from hypertension?

Can you have heart disease just from hypertension?

Absolutely yes,: Though if you have other risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, or you are a smoker, your risk is even higher. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more