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Can High Blood Pressure Be Cured
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
Definitely yes: Kidney produces renin a hormone that helps indirectly to regulate blood pressure. Reduced blood flow to entire kidney as in renal artery stenosis from arteriosclerosis or congenital fibromuscular dysplasia or due to kidney diseases like glomerulo- or pyelonephritis or just in scarred areas causes kidney to release renin in attempt to increase local blood flow & oxygenation. Results in elevated bp. ...Read more
Yes but....: Difficult to make a definitive judgement since hypertension is caused by a large variety of factors. In most individuals, high blood pressure is idiopathic meaning that there is no defined cause. In about 7% of patients, high blood pressure can be controlled with diet and exercise. However, hypertension is often progressive and so at some point, medications may be necessary. ...Read more
Uncertain: Because hypertension is such a complex problem, there is no doubt that there are published anecdotes of those "cured" by many alternative medicine approaches. Each individual has to find what form of medicine they believe in, and if alternative medicine seem right for you, then try it. It is critial though to be monitored and make sure your BP is being controlled if you try this. ...Read more
Hypertension prevent: Some of it can be prevented and some of it can't (ie, due to genetic factors). Prevention aspects include keeping normal weight, regular aerobic exercise (3-4 days a week of walking, swimming, bike riding, aerobics, treadmill, etc), low salt diet in some populations, higher vegetable consumption. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can: Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid and is associated with increased intraocular pressure (glaucoma) and generalized rise in blood pressure as well. This may, at least partially, be due to fluid retention and increased blood volume. Steroids given by other routes--inhaled/topical/injection--do not seem to have this side effect. Blood pressure should be monitored carefully when taking prednisone. ...Read more
Possibly.: Your major organs need a certain blood pressure (perfusion pressure) to function normally. Severe blood loss can lead to low blood pressure, and if severe enough, death. With that said, a low blood pressure may be normal for you and many others. If you are otherwise healthy, and having no symptoms, a blood pressure may be normal for you. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: Try lifestyle changes first: - don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product. - lose weight if you're overweight. - exercise regularly. - eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat. - limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake. - try relaxation techniques or biofeedback. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more
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