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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Chronic High Blood Pressure (Overview)

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?

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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. Bac Nguyen
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Chronic High Blood Pressure (Overview)

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 sort of disease is chronic high blood pressure?

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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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Dr. James Cain
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What symptoms typically go along with chronic high blood pressure?

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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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What are the symptoms of chronic high blood pressure?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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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Dr. Bennett Werner
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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?

Dr. Bennett Werner
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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?

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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Dr. Louis Krenn
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What are the tests for chronic high blood pressure?

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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. Rick Koch
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What causes high blood pressure?

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What causes high blood pressure?

Age: Obesity, genetics, high salt or alcohol intake to name a few. ...Read more

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Dr. Vance Harris
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I have chronic high blood pressure during pregnancy...Does this mean I will develope preeclamsia? This is my first baby and I take medication.

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I have chronic high blood pressure during pregnancy...Does this mean I will develope preeclamsia? This is my first baby and I take medication.

HTN and preeclampsia: High blood pressure during pregnancy, whether you develop the condition before or after conception, requires special care. Sometimes high blood pressure is present before pregnancy. In other cases, high blood pressure develops during pregnancy. Either way you're going to need special care during pregnancy. It does not mean the you will develop preeclampsia. The risk is still there. Get good care. ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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What's the most natural treatment for chronic high blood pressure?

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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What's the most natural treatment for chronic high blood pressure?

Diet and exercise: Keep weight in a healthy range. Eat lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grains. If you're not vegetarian, eat fish, poultry and lean meat. Even if you do eat meat, substitute non-meat protein dishes at more meals. Keep salt intake low. Get regular aerobic exercise. You may also want to practice relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or tai chi. ...Read more

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Hypertension (Definition)

Hypertension is also known as High blood pressure. Moderate high blood pressure (moderate hypertension) is a symptom in which a person's systolic pressure (upper number) is 160-179, or his diastolic pressure (lower number) is 100-109. High blood pressure should be treated to avoid damage to ...Read more


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High Blood Pressure (Definition)

Moderate high blood pressure (moderate hypertension) is a symptom in which a person's systolic pressure (upper number) is 160-179, or his diastolic pressure (lower number) is 100-109. High blood pressure should be treated to avoid damage to ...Read more


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