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Heart Disease And Blood Pressure
Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more
Is treatment required for symptomatic bradycardia, heart rate 35, with bigeminal PVCs, normal blood pressure, no history of heart disease?
Yes: If you are symptomatic as you mentioned then yes, you will probably need to be evaluated for pacemaker. ...Read more
My LDL is 172, OA is 246. Prescribed 40mg Atorvastatin. No family history of heart disease, normal blood pressure, slightly overweight. I have heard so much conflicting information on statins, especially for someone my age. Should I take them?
Heart disease. Is it possible to have heart disease, or clogged arteries, if you have low / normal blood pressure, and a normal cholesterol level of 187.
Yes.: Yes. There are many kinds of heart disease. "clogged arteries" or coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the most common in industrialized countries. While high blood pressure, elevated 'bad' cholesterol (ldl) and decreased 'good' cholesterol' increase the risk of cad, there are several other risk factors including male sex, advancing age, premature family history of cad, and smoking history to name a few. In addition, please note that there are many other causes of heart disease above and beyond cad. If you have any symptoms or risk factors, you should seek care from your physician and/or other health care provider for there are many presentations for heart disease. The good news is that there are plenty of effective preventive measures and treatments now. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you always have good normal, low blood pressure, are you likely absent of heart disease?
Not necessarily: Hypertension is just one of the risk factors for heart disease. If you have a normal blood pressure but weigh 300 pounds, smoke two packs per day, have diabetes, have a high cholesterol, and are a couch potato, the normal blood pressure will probably not be very protective. ...Read more
Was diagnosed with diastolic dysfunction was put on 25mg cozzar pill. Do I take it even if my blood pressure is normal. Heart disease bad in family.
Reasonable to take: Diastolic HF refers to stiffness in the heart muscle where the heart muscle doesn't relax fully after each contraction. Losartan is in a class of medications that helps the heart function better - independent of its effect on blood pressure. The consensus is not universal but overall is considered the right thing to do. Unless you are very sensitive, this dose shouldn't affect your pressure. ...Read more
Many forms heart dis: Heart disease can exist in the absence of high blood pressure. Sometimes it can cause very low blood pressure. Also many arrhythmias, like atrial fibrillation, are unassociated with blood pressure. Angina can also occur without high bp. Also, high BP may be associated with kidney disease or other problems. ...Read more
Its a risk factor: Its one of the risk factors and if left untreated can cause hypertensiive heart disease. As well. ...Read more
Meds to lower BP: Controlling BP with medications, especially beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics will help to reduce risk of heart injury, heart failure and heart pain (angina). Some of the effects of high BP on the heart can be reversed with these BP meds and optimum control of BP (110-130/60-80). Follow up with primary MD and/or specialists (cardiologist and nephrologist if kidney problems). ...Read more
Decrease risk: Aerobic exercise will make your heart stronger. If your heart can pump blood with less effort then the force at the arteries will decrease and the arteries will relax, decreasing your bp. Control BP will decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus exercise will control your weight, help with high bad cholesterol and decrease stress in your life, all risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more
Absolutely: Hypertension just one, albeit important, risk factor in a plethora of identifiable risk factors that can contribute to heart disease. Lower bps are better, but not absolutely protective. Diabetes, cigarette exposure, blood fat abnormalities, obesity, genetic markers, etc., are among many risk factors that place one at risk beyond high blood pressure. ...Read more
My husband is 58 and has had untreated high blood pressure for 20 years. He won't take medication. He's heavy. Is he at risk for heart disease?
YES: High BP is a silent killer. It causes few symptoms until it's already damaged the heart, brain or kidneys. Usually by then damage is irreversible. Some media reports might confuse people because there's been recent debate about whether treatment is needed for mild hypertension. But it's pretty clear to everyone that anything over 150/90 or so is dangerous, especially over another 20-30 years. ...Read more
Work w/ur family doc: Work w/your family doc & cardiologist to treat heart disease, angina & high blood pressure (BP). 1st make appropriate lifestyle modifications: quit smoking, start exercising regularly, then commit to eating healthy. Enough rest plus meditation can help. Statins are now 1st line drug for anyone w/heart disease. Nitrates are useful for those suffering from angina (chest pain). Many drugs to treat BP ...Read more
What are my chances of inheriting heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, or wearing contacts? Are these things hereditary?
If your healthy. Can the heart just stop? I'm afraid it will. I have no high blood pressure, no heart disease. I keep focusing on the heart. Anxiety?
Yes, anxiety: This is a symptom of anxiety. You are not taking anything for generalized anxiety disorder. Neither Lamictal nor zoloft (sertraline) works well for gad. Ask your doctor for Buspirone and or referral to a cognitive behavioral therapist. Jag är svensk-amerikansk lekar- psykiater. Jag önskar att du har god hälsa och lycke. ...Read more
If I have high blood pressure, will I get heart disease? My doctor told me I have pre-hypertension. I know I may develop high blood pressure, but does this mean I will develop heart disease too? .
Increases the risk: Hypertension is one of the risk factors for development of heart disease and stroke. Since you are in the pre-hypertension stage right now, it is the time to get BP within normal range. The best way to lower BP is to exercise regularly, maintain low sodium diet, and keep body weight as close to ideal weight as possible. Normal bmi (body mass index) is 18.5-24.5 (there are calculators online). ...Read more
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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