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Do Odors Affect Blood Pressure
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
What medicines could be causing my husband to lose his sense of taste and smell? He is on trazadone, blood pressure med., niacine, fish oil.
Head injury?: Has your husband had a head injury -- maybe fallen and hit his head? Sometimes the tiny olfactory nerves from nose to brain can be damaged, resulting in poor sense of smell. Since ability to smell impacts one's ability to taste, sense of taste could be damaged also. There are other possible causes as well . . . Please encourage your husband to talk to his doctor about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BP meds & ED: First of all, high bp, especially high systolic bp, is not good for your erectile function. If you are older, this is especially so. Diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide and spironolatone as well as beta-blockers such as atenolol can cause erection problems. There are some BP meds that may help you with erectile function, including arbs such as losartan and Alpha blockers such as doxazosin. ...Read more
Depends on you: An erection relies on blood flow and pressure, thus all blood pressure medications can in theory cause ed.However, the beta blocker family has been the most notorious for causing these issues, but it is also one of the classes of pressure medications which contributes to the health of the heart. Even within the class, there are variations. Talk to your physician about your concerns to try options. ...Read more
All do: Any compound exercise recruiting multiple large muscle groups like squats, deadlifts, press, or bench press will lead to an increase in blood pressure from increased peripheral vascular resistance and from the valsalva maneuver necessary to stabilize the core to a degree sufficient to properly complete the movement stably, safely, and effectively ...Read more
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