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Can You Have Pre Eclampsia Without High Blood Pressure
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
Mild HTN: If the BP can be controlled without a diuretic, then none need be used. However, normal physiologic response to BP lowering is to retain fluid, so a diuretic makes great sense, acting synergistically with other BP meds. Moreover, diuretics complement the potassium retaining effect of some BP drugs by clearing potassium in the urine. Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) is so gentle, you won't even know it's working-i promise! ...Read more
Yes, rarely: It is called hypertensive encephalopathy. Symptoms include headache, restlessness, nausea, disturbances of consciousness, seizures, retinal hemorrhage and papilledema. Images of the brain can see sometimes see edema associated with specific neurological symptoms. The condition is treated with medications that decrease blood pressure. ...Read more
Sure: Though that said, the most common cause of low BP in patients previously with high BP is meds. That said, as the arteries get stiffer, it's easier to have large swings between your lower and higher bps. Make sure all measurements are being taken at rest and not around times of exercise. ...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
Sometimes: The dash diet (google it) (it should be a lifestyle, not a diet, because diets are temporary) may reduce BP by 5-8 mm hg (points). Some drastic improvements in lifestyle (dash, wt loss, quit alcohol) may make meds unnecessary, but in some patients, BP will require medicine to get to safe level even with a healthy lifestyle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can healthy women with no history of high blood pressure develop pre eclampsia?Is it true epsom salt baths help prevent pre eclampsia?
P.I.H. not "PIG": Pregnancy induced hypertension (pih) can progressed to make one swell and look like a pig(pregnancy induced gondola). Yes, healthy women can develop pih (pre-eclampsia) especially if there diet is unhealthy. Epsom salts contain magnesium which when infused IV can stop pih seizures( but not prevent pih(eclampsia). Epsom salt magnesium is not what is infused at that time. ...Read more
Yes, a criteria: Preeclampsia is clinically defined as hypertention and proteinuria (protein in urine) with/out edema occuring after 20 wks of pregnancy. So, hypertention is a required component for the diagnosis. Help is severe preeclampsia involing hemolytic anemia, liver dysfuctions, and low platelet count. These are very important illnesses and follow-up with doc asap/regularly is strongly advised...Good luck. ...Read more
If you have high blood pressure and you have your blood drawn, will your blood pressure be lower immediately after some is taken out?
If I have high blood pressure and diabetes, which blood pressure drug is least likely to raise blood sugar?
Glucose and BP meds: No anti-hypertensive agent raises one's glucose. You should have a 24 hour urine collection to see if you significant proteinuria (protein in your urine). If so you have more than, you should be on ace-inhibitors and/or angiotensin receptor blockers which both reduce one's blood pressure and proteinuria. If you have more than 100mg of proteinuria/24 hours you should be on ace-i and/o arbs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of course!: Although at higher risk for preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction, most pregnancies of hypertensive women result in healthy mother-baby pairs at nine months and normal deliveries. Consider 81 mg daily Aspirin preconceptionally (may start if up unitl 16 weeks, the earlier the better) to decrease your risk. ...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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