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Does a persons blood pressure rise when i with a common cold ?, have to wear 24 hour machine,suspected hypertension. Will readings be affected if ill?

Does a persons blood pressure rise when i with a common cold ?, have to wear 24 hour machine,suspected hypertension. Will readings be affected if ill?

Depends: Depends on what or if you are taking OTC cold meds that contain phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine which can increase your BP. If you are in pain as in having a bad headache or severe sore throat with your cold this could also theoretically increase your BP. Tell your doc if these things occurred while you were sick when he/she evaluates your 24-hr BP monitoring. Feel Better! ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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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


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Please tell me, could a cold raise your blood pressure?

Please tell me, could a cold raise your blood pressure?

Maybe: A cold itself usually doesn't, but cold medicine often times will. A great deal of over-the-counter cold medicine has a decongestant called pseudofed, or pseudoephedrine, which can raise bp. ...Read more

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What are common reasons for drop in blood pressure?

What are common reasons for drop in blood pressure?

Many reasons: Some people naturally run a low pressure while other people have normal pressures that drop suddenly. Other pts have had a major event such as a stroke or heart attack that leads to low blood pressures. Long standing diabetics and the elderly can have autonomic nervous system dysfunction. This sytem helps regulate the blod presure. A full work up should be done and may include an echo/tilt etc. ...Read more

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How much will cold medicine raise your blood pressure?

How much will cold medicine raise your blood pressure?

Cold Medicine: All cold medicines are not alike. The products containing only an antihistamine should not have a major effect on blood pressure. Decongestants, on the other hand, often do cause an increase in blood pressure. If you're concerned, avoid products with pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate). You may want to consider monitoring your BP when taking any cold medicine. ...Read more

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What cold medicines are good and don't affect blood pressure?

What cold medicines are good and don't affect blood pressure?

Cold treatment: Cold medicines without a phenylephrine or Epinephrine derivatives. However they are present in most products. ...Read more

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Can you please describe common things you can do to decrease your blood pressure without taking medication?

Can you please describe common things you can do to decrease your blood pressure without taking medication?

Hypertension: You can try low salt diet and exercise, along with meditation and yoga but if you have more than a borderline hypertension, you're better off doing those and consulting and doctor for medication. If good control is obtained and you're sticking to the diet, exercise, etc. Can always try to back off the drugs at that point. ...Read more

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Blood pressure is normal throughout the day but higher in the morning I've read this is common? 120's/70's most of the day140's/80's in the morning

Blood pressure is normal throughout the day but higher in the morning   I've read this is common? 120's/70's most of the day140's/80's in the morning

Yes definitely the: Blood pressure is higher in the AM because of natural hormones in the body called cortisol and adrenaline that are produced to kick start your body and ready it for the stresses during the day. Of course stress will increase your blood pressure as well so high level executives or people with stressful routines like busy stay at home moms can have higher pressures throughout the day as well. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in high blood pressure?

What symptoms are common in high blood pressure?

None reliable...: There are few reliable, predictable symptoms of high blood pressure unless it is extremely high or 'too late'. For instance, if way too high, the eyes and brain don't like it and the retina of the eye can thicken or hemorrhage causing visual loss or distortion. Mental status changes and headaches can ensue. At worst, stroke. Mild high blood pressure has no reliable symptoms, so get it checked! ...Read more

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What are common meds taken for high blood pressure?

What are common meds taken for high blood pressure?

BP drugs: families of BP drugs include diuretics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBlockers, alpha blockers and others ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of high blood pressure?

What are the most common causes of high blood pressure?

Several things: Essential HTN is most common cause.This refers to basically a combination of family tendency an such things as weight gain, high salt intake. Smoking & alcohol contribute to high blood pressure, as can diabetes.Less common are secondary causes such as from renal disease, hyperaldosteronism, pheochromocytoma and so on. Basic evaluation should include labs, urinalysis and ecg.Rx w/diet, exercise, meds. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more