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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. Lonnie Smith
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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

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What medications can be used for both heart failure and hypertension?

Many: Many medications can be used for this depending on your overall history. Some common ones include lasix, (furosemide) aldactone/spironolactone, ace inhibitors (e.g. Lisinopril), arbs (e.g. Losartan), and nitrates. This requires a discussion with your doctor who knows your history well. ...Read more

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Do people ever get right sided heart failure with portal hypertension?

Do people ever get right sided heart failure with portal hypertension?

Pulmonary htn: At least 5% of people with portal hypertension, typically caused by cirrhosis, will develop pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs.) pulmonary hypertension can cause right heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of left heart failure and essential mailignant hypertension?

What is the meaning of left heart failure and essential mailignant hypertension?

Heart failure : The heart consists of four chambers, left and right atriums, left and right ventricles. Left heart failure means the left ventricle fails to work, meaning failure to pump out the blood flow to meet the body demanding. It can be caused by cardiomyopathy, severe aortic stenosis or severe mitral valve regurgitation, etc. Essential HTN is opposite to secondary htn.That means no cause found now. ...Read more

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Why do I have heart flutters? I have hypertension, although it is under control.

Why do I have heart flutters?  I have hypertension, although it is under control.

Go see your doctor: Ask for a holter monitor if u have heart flutter every day or a loop recorder if only a few times a week or month. That will help determine what's going on when your "heart flutters". It could be nothing or it could be something. Also check your thyroid (TSH) while there. And ask if beta blocker is an appropriate blood pressure medication to help control flutter. Ndhp calcium channel blockers, too. ...Read more

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Can you please list the common causes of hypertension, increase heart rate and decrease oxygen?

Can you please list the common causes of hypertension, increase heart rate and decrease oxygen?

Several Causes: Most people with hypertension (85-95%) have a genetic predisposition (primary hypertension). The remainder of people with hypertension have the condition secondary to some other underlying condition such as renal parenchymal disease, renal vascular disease, hyperthyroidism, cushing's syndrome, primary aldosteronism etc. Pregnancy also can cause hypertension in certain women. ...Read more

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Why do sometimes i hace appetite discomforts linked with hypertension(tahicardia), fast heart beats ?

Why do sometimes i hace appetite discomforts linked with hypertension(tahicardia), fast heart beats ?

Epigastric disconfor: Heart condition might mimick stomach disconfort, therefore you need a full cardiological evaluation. Sometimes patient that has vasospasm of the arteries tha supply the inferior wall of the heart or the apex of the heart. ...Read more

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If you heart got dilated because of hypertension, would it go back to normal when treated? In a young person?

If you heart got dilated because of hypertension, would it go back to normal when treated? In a young person?

Possibly: depends on extent of dilation ofcourse, and that you are on the appropriate antihypertensives that also are now to remodel heart favorably. ...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