chronic high blood pressure

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<b>Chronic high blood pressure is also known as <a href="#topics/High-blood-pressure">High blood pressure</a></b>. 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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Dr. Louis Krenn answered:

What are the tests for chronic high blood pressure?

A few blood tests

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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.
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Dr. Irv Loh answered:

What sort of disease is chronic high blood pressure?

Insidious

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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.
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What the heck is chronic high blood pressure really?

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chronic high blood pressure [or hypertension] is persistance of high blood pressure on repeated readings by a health proffessional and generally needs evaluation and treatment to lower it by non medical measures and mesications to acceptable levels to prevent complications due to the effect of HTN on various organs of the body like kidney,heart and brain
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

What are the symptoms of chronic high blood pressure?

May be none

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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.
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Dr. Eduardo Haddad answered:

With chronic high blood pressure what are my treatment options?

Not your mom's fault

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Cushing syndrome is a condition involving the hypothalamus and the pituitary glamd causing excessive stimulation of your adrenal glands so as to produce excessive amounts of hormones called glucocorticoids similar to cortisone. This in turn causes weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other changes.
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What's the most natural treatment for chronic high blood pressure?

Diet and exercise

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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.
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Dr. James S. Cain answered:

What symptoms typically go along with chronic high blood pressure?

There are none

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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.
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Dr. Edward Hoffer answered:

What is the number 1 way to prevent getting chronic high blood pressure?

Overall fitness

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Other than medication, the best ways to lower the blood pressure are to get regular aerobic exercise and keep your weight down.Some, but not all, people are salt-sensitive, and moderating your salt intake is wise. of course, picking the right parents is best of all!
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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

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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.
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Dr. Vance Harris answered:

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

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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
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