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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Chronic High Blood Pressure (Definition)

Chronic hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition where there is more pressure, or force, within the arteries, causing the heart to pump harder to deliver adequate blood throughout the body. One has chronic hypertension when his blood pressure is higher than 140/90 most or all of the time.

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What is the exact definition for high blood pressure or hypertension?

What is the exact definition for high blood pressure or hypertension?

Abnormally high BP: Current data suggest hypertension exists when ones blood pressure remains above 125/80. That is, there are adverse effects upon ones heart, brain and kidneys when ones blood pressure remains higher than this level of systolic and diastolic blood pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
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What sort of disease is chronic high blood pressure?

What sort of disease is chronic high blood pressure?

Insidious: Chronic uncontrolled high blood pressure may produce no symptoms until a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, dementia, peripheral arterial disease, or kidney failure appear. Lifestyle and pharmacologic therapies are very effective in controlling the BP and the commensurate reduction in risk. See your doctor. ...Read more

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High blood pressure (Tip)

High blood pressure

Chronic kidney disease can cause treatment-resistant hypertension (high blood pressure). ...See more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor home BP
Daily
Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
Once
Take your meds as instructed without fail
Once
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What symptoms typically go along with chronic high blood pressure?

What symptoms typically go along with chronic high blood pressure?

There are none: Hypertension (high blood pressure) typically has no symptoms. This is one of the things that makes it hard to treat. We treat hypertension to prevent strokes, heart and kidney disease. It is frequently involved in diabetes and obesity. People with obstructive sleep apnea often have high blood pressure. While it is associated with all of these diseases, it has no symptoms of its own. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic high blood pressure?

What are the symptoms of chronic high blood pressure?

May be none: Uncomplicated high blood pressure is often asymptomatic. There may be vague symptoms of headache and if the blood pressure becomes too high, changes in mental status. Most of the symptoms arise from the complications, e.g., heart failure, myocardial infarction, renal failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease etc. ...Read more

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High blood pressure (Tip)

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If you have always had a normal blood pressure at 55, you still have 90% chance of hypertension. ...See more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Walk/exercise
60 Min, Daily, forever
Maintain weight
Once
Keep salt intake at 2 grams or less
Daily
Check BP
Every other day
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If someone has chronic high blood pressure, but shows no signs of emotional stress. Which hormones should you block or try to control?

If someone has chronic high blood pressure, but shows no signs of emotional stress. Which hormones should you block or try to control?

No: Chronic high blood pressure is not a disease of abnormal hormone levels. That said, some blood pressure medicines work by blocking angiotensin and aldosterone - renal and adrenal hormones that are involved in the process of high blood pressure. Some antihypertensives antagonize adrenalin. Some BP meds act directly on blood vessels or the brain and have nothing to do with hormone levels. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic high blood pressure?

What are the tests for chronic high blood pressure?

A few blood tests: In addition to monitoring your blood pressure, you should have your cholesterol and blood sugar checked as high cholesterol and diabetes go along with high blood pressure often. Kidney function should also be monitored over time. A baseline ekg is helpful as well. An echocardiogram may be needed later in life to evaluate for heart failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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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. Suzanne Doud Galli
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Hypertension (Definition)

hypertension is a medication similar to High blood pressure. Hypertension is defined as elevated blood pressure systolic over 140 and diastolic over ...Read more

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