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During a heart attack what would you expect the patients blood pressure to indicate?

During a heart attack what would you expect the patients blood pressure to indicate?

Highly variable : Pts can be hypertensive in the midst of a heart attack and very low/hypotensive when in cardiogenic shock. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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


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What should blood pressure be after a heart attack?

What should blood pressure be after a heart attack?

Lower=better: You should keep you BP less than 120/80 most of the time (during exercise it will be higher). In general, the lower the better, as long as you're not dizzy. For example, if you were 100/50 at rest and felt fine, that would be great. See your doctor every 4-6 weeks until you're well controlled. ...Read more

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How high does blood pressure get before a heart attack?

How high does blood pressure get before a heart attack?

It doesn't: Although high blood pressure is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, there is no evidence that there is an acute rise in blood pressure prior to a heart attack. ...Read more

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How severe can blood pressure get before a heart attack?

How severe can blood pressure get before a heart attack?

Very: Aorta may tear first! i have seen 300/ 140 almost limit of cuff and accuracy high BP not always related to heart attack! ...Read more

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How high can blood pressure get before a heart attack occurs?

How high can blood pressure get before a heart attack occurs?

Depends: This is very individual. If you have had high blood pressure for a long time, your body is used to it and may tolerate it longer. If you for example take Cocaine or other drugs that raise your blood pressure suddenly, even a small increase can give you a heart attack. No guarantees either way.. ...Read more

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How severe how of blood pressure puts me at risk for a heart attack?

How severe how of blood pressure puts me at risk for a heart attack?

Any: They are not directly related guidelines for systolic<140 diastolic for less than 80 elevated BP more related to left ventricular hypertrophy, dissection of the aorta , heart failure and renalmfailure. ...Read more

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How high can blood pressure rise before someone has a heart attack or dies?

How high can blood pressure rise before someone has a heart attack or dies?

Different: Severe acute hypertension can cause tear of aorta and sudden death or need for emergency surgery. Can happen anytime with elevated bp but scary at 180 systolic and 120 diastolic. Can also cause left ventricular strain and hypertrophy and heart failure but usually not a heart attack acutely. ...Read more

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How severe would your blood pressure need to be in order to get a heart attack?

How severe would your blood pressure need to be in order to get a heart attack?

It can happen: Blood pressure is an element and the very high can tear the aorta or the coronaries, but blockage by plaque and clot occurs with or without BP elevation. ...Read more

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Can you have a heart attack with a blood pressure of 102/82... what happens if the numbers get closer together like 103/89?

Can you have a heart attack with a blood pressure of 102/82... what happens if the numbers get closer together like 103/89?

Heart Attack: It depends on what you mean by "attack"; yes any number of cardiac events can be preceded by the examples of BP quoted ;the difference between the the 2 quoted numbers is insignificant clinically ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more