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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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I get 3 or 4 hours of sleep maximum. I am on anxiety and high blood pressure drugs. My age is 24 y/o. What should I do?

I get 3 or 4 hours of sleep maximum. I am on anxiety and high blood pressure drugs. My age is 24 y/o. What should I do?

Inadequate Sleep for: Starters. Use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress. ...Read more

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I've been waking up from sleep with high blood pressure episodes153/93 that last 10mins. I have WPW. But this was not a normal episode.

I've been waking up from sleep with high blood pressure episodes153/93 that last 10mins. I have WPW. But this was not a normal episode.

Sleep Disorder?: Does this happen only at night? Is this happening only when you wake in the morning, or in the middle of the night? If your blood pressure during the day is completely normal, you should consider an evaluation for sleep disturbance. Do you feel sleepy during the day? It might be as simple as a dream that stirs your adrenaline and temporarily raises your blood pressure. Check with your doctor! ...Read more

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Will too little sleep lead to high blood pressure?

Will too little sleep lead to high blood pressure?

Sleep and BP: There is some data that suggest that sleep deprivation can raise blood pressure. When we don't sleep enough, our bodies tend to have overactive fight or flight activity. This can theoretically raise blood pressure. Some sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea is shown to affect blood pressure not only by stopping breathing but by the fragmentation of sleep. ...Read more

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How should I address high blood pressure if I take sleep meds?

How should I address high blood pressure if I take sleep meds?

Quickly: You should see your doctor right away. Tell the dr. All your current meds, both rx and otc. Tell your doctor your concerns about BP and tell him/her that you want to control your BP to less than 120/80. Don't wait. ...Read more

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When you have high blood pressure wouldn't sleep be beneficial since Bp lowers during sleep?

When you have high blood pressure wouldn't sleep be beneficial since Bp lowers during sleep?

Generally: Generally, your metabolism and BP lower during sleep, but that being said, does not mean you should sleep all day to treat your BP. You need to work on your BP during the 16 hours a day you are awake. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does provigil raise your blood pressure? I have high blood pressure. Is it meant to take it once a week as needed? Sleep doc mentioned this medication

Does provigil raise your blood pressure? I have high blood pressure. Is it meant to take it once a week as needed? Sleep doc mentioned this medication

Provigil: Provigil is used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness and works for about 12 hours. So you would take it usually when you get up each day. It is unlikely to significantly raise your blood pressure; quite rarely it could raise it a little and your blood pressure meds may be adjusted. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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