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Do Taller People Have Higher 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
HTN: The pattern of high blood pressure is that young people tend to have high diastolic pressure and elderly people tend to have high systolic pressure. Both/either are harmful and should be controlled. The cause of essential hypertension has never been adequately determined. There is a genetic component and obesity is a risk factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep trying: High blood pressure can be complicated and difficult to treat. There are many unusual causes. Response to treatment and medication can vary from patient to patient. However, almost always BP can be treated successfully. More evaluation, different medication regimens and treatments, specialists in hypertension should be tried till effective treatment is found. ...Read more
Not normally: Blood pressures are impacted by many factors, but average bps in youths are not normally higher than in adults. As the flexibility of blood vessels decreases as one gets older, the top (systolic) blood pressure may rise. In younger individuals, hormonal (especially adrenaline related), psychological and other emotional factors may situationally affect the BP which may transiently raise the bp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Important to treat: Patients with high blood pressure and diabetes need more agressive treatment than those without diabetes. The goal blood pressure for most patients is 140/80 mmhg, but for those with diabetes, our current guidelines recommend a lower target of 130/80. These two conditions do increase the risk of heart disease and kidney disease, and controlling blood pressure in diabetics can reduce this risk also. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: Sperm movement/number are not affected by diabetes/high blood pressure. Erectile dysfunction is higher because of nerve/vessel damage and medications. Check for ovulation using basal temperatures or a kit. Glucose/blood pressure levels are tightly controlled to lower seizure risk, problems with large babies, fetal distress, induction. Consult a reproductive endocrinologist before conception. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypertension: They have more fluid in their bodies and require greater volume flows to supply the increased tissues. ...Read more
Why do infants have lower blood pressure than adults when their heart and respiratory rates are higher?
Needs of the system: The blood pressure needs to be just high enough to push the blood around through the vessels & supply the needs of the body.Babies have shorter & narrower pipes to push the blood through so the pressure can be lower.Babies have a faster metabolism than adults, & the higher heart & respiratory rates that add the oxygen (at low pressure) to help them grow. ...Read more
Yes it is possible: High blood pressure is a condition that is genetically transmitted but is not associated with any single one gene. It also is associated with advancing age and most people will develop high blood pressure as there age passes 60. Therefore a child of a couple with high prevalence of high blood pressure can still be normotensive when young but can expect to develop high blood pressure later in life. ...Read more
If someone gets high blood pressure, are they stuck with it for life (like diabetes )? Why does BP tend to increase with age ?
great question: BP does tend to increase with age. If i could answer why, there would be a nobel prize waiting for me! if you're overweight or salt your food, you may be able to reverse it by losing weight and avoiding salt. Otherwise, you'll need medicine. The good news: outcome studies show that when BP is well controlled, you lower your risk of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and death. ...Read more
Shouldn't people who train much and thereby also often have high BP be on higher risk for developing aneurysm? Because of the high BP...
Good question: we believe that persistent hbp produces the aneurysmal changes and most folks have more less active than more active time. We believe acute aneurysmal rupture is more related to acute increased wall stress. Having said this I am unaware of 'proof' of this belief by controlled study ...Read more
Low blood pressure: Low blood pressure (BP) is not really a disease condition. In general, for your health, the lower your bp, the better. The exception to this is when you get symptoms like lighted-headedness or dizziness when you stand up or feel like you're about to faint. There are individuals whose BP is 80/50, and they feel fine. Other people may have 100/60 and feel dizzy because that is low for them. ...Read more
Do people transient ischemic attack have high blood pressure? Do they have hbd while have the symptoms?
Frequently yes: Tia's often reflect reduced perfusion to the smaller blood vessels in the brain. This happens from persistent vessel wall thickening (an adaptation in chronic htn). In addition to bleeding possibilities (which more typically cause persistent symptoms, not transient), minor fluctuations in cerebral perfusion can cause transient symptoms in patients with thickened, pruned distal cerebral vessels. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Age, gender +more: There are many risk factors for developing high blood pressure. Older age, male gender, african-american race, obesity, not exercising, a family history of high blood pressure, high salt diet, and excess alcohol have all been shown to increase the risk of high blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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