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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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What to do if my blood pressure super high do I need go t o er?

What to do if my blood pressure super high do I need go t o er?

BP: Depends on what you mean by super high. High blood pressure with symptoms needs to be seen urgently. High blood pressure without symptoms needs evaluation and treatment soon but not necessarily in er. There is no magic cut off number but if your systolic is over 180 you should be seen pretty quickly. Over 200 and er wouldn't be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Need help docs! My blood pressure won't go down no matter what!?

Need help docs! My blood pressure won't go down no matter what!?

Blood pressure: You need to discuss this with your doctor, we can almost always control high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Which blood pressure medications wouldn't effect sex life?

Which blood pressure medications wouldn't effect sex life?

BP meds: Almost all BP medications show some adverse effect on sexual function. It is like a trial and error method. You have to try and see, which one best suits you. ...Read more

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Why can't I hear a heartbeat while checking my blood pressure?

Why can't I hear a heartbeat while checking my blood pressure?

Various: This may be do to your equipment, operator error (improper location of stethoscope), reduced hearing, or very low blood pressure. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why won't a blood donation lower your blood pressure?

I'm wondering why won't a blood donation lower your blood pressure?

Blood donation: The amount of BP that is taken out during blood donation is small amount compared to your total blood pool. It is not going to cause any significant hemodynamic changes in majority of the donors. Human body rapids adjusts to those low volume changes through homeostatic mechanisms. Hence it is not going to drop bp. ...Read more

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High blood pressure, 175/112 took medicine, what quick exercise I can do t lower it?

High blood pressure, 175/112 took medicine, what quick exercise I can do t lower it?

Don't exercise!: You don't want to pop your top, do you? First, you need to get your blood pressure under control with medicines! After that issue has stabilized, then concern yourself with low salt diet, low sugar diet, weight loss, decreased alcohol intake, quitting smoking, exercising to get into shape, and all of the other necessary lifestyle changes. Exercise right now will make your pressure increase! ...Read more

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For what reasons might systolic blood pressure increase with exercise but diastolic doesn't?

Bp: Diastolic can increase with exercise in many people especially hypertensives. It is related to diastolic runoff resistance during exercise. ...Read more

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I was told grapefruit isn't good for you if you take blood pressure pills. Is that true? I take Benicar (olmesartan) 20mg.

I was told grapefruit isn't good for you if you take blood pressure pills. Is that true? I take Benicar (olmesartan) 20mg.

Yes and no: That depends on the how the medication is metabolized. Grapefruit can inhibit certain enzymes in the liver that metabolize many medications. If these enzymes are inhibited then the liver can't eliminate the drug properly and the levels of the drug increase in your body. Benicar (olmesartan) is not metabolized this way and you should be okay to eat grapefruit. ...Read more

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Hi! Today I donate blood but I can't complete it because it cults. Age 29 blood pressure 120:80.what may be the reason??

Hi! Today I donate blood but I can't complete it because it cults. Age 29 blood pressure 120:80.what may be the reason??

Blood donation: Blood donors need to be in the best of health, so thescreening exam and tests are strict. If your donation clotted before completion, it may be due to slow flow or a mechanical problem with the set-up. A hyper-clotting disorder is much less likely. I suggest you just try again after the appropriate wait period. ...Read more

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Asking for general knowledge: can chronic pain that doesn't respond well to conservative tx result in increased blood pressure? TY

Asking for general knowledge: can chronic pain that doesn't respond well to conservative tx result in increased blood pressure? TY

Yes: Pain, both acute and chronic, can increase blood pressure. However, the relationship is a bit complicated, as those with high blood pressure seem to be less sensitive to pain. But many people with high blood pressure have chronic pain.
See http://onlinelibrary. Wiley. Com/doi/10.1111/j.1524-6175.2003.02830.x/full for details. ...Read more

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Can I really eat anything with emsam 6mg? I am 5'7 with 138 pounds. My blood pressure is low (10/6). I don't eat a lot. No diet is ok?

Can I really eat anything with emsam 6mg? I am 5'7 with 138 pounds. My blood pressure is low (10/6). I don't eat a lot. No diet is ok?

Food is ok: Emsam can lower BP - tell your doctor if you're getting frequent or severe dizzy spells. Don't use over the counter decongestants, diet pills, or herbal remedies like st. John's wort. Most any food is okay. Your body mass index, based on your height and weight, is 21.5 which is absolutely perfect! ...Read more

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Is it ok to workout with a blood pressure of 85/55? What would the gym staff say (would they allow me to workout) I don't take any medicine

Is it ok to workout with a blood pressure of 85/55? What would the gym staff say (would they allow me to workout) I don't take any medicine

Yes: If that is your normal blood pressure, you
can certainly workout.
Due to your relatively low blood pressure,
you need to stay hydrated and stop if
you get any symptoms of being lightheaded
or dizzy
if you get symptomatic from exercise, then you should be evaluated medically. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure, 148 or 142. I don't know what the cause is. Am I in danger of something if I don't stop my high blood pressure?

I have high blood pressure, 148 or 142. I don't know what the cause is. Am I in danger of something if I don't stop my high blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Hypertension is when the blood pressure exceeds 140/90 mmhg for a significant part of the day. If untreated, these people have an increased incidence of atherosclerotic disease, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. ...Read more

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What is the best allegry medication to take. I have allgeies really bad and need relief, but can't take a decogestive because of blood pressure

What is the best allegry medication to take. I have allgeies really bad and need relief, but can't take a decogestive because of blood pressure

Over: Over the counter Loratadine which is the generic claritin, (loratadine) can often help. It will not provide immediate relief as many decongestants will but will help and should not affect your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Blood pressure was 160/110 then took it again 5 minutes layer it was 130/90. Does this mean I have high blood pressure? Wasn't anxious or in pain.

Blood pressure was 160/110 then took it again 5 minutes layer it was 130/90. Does this mean I have high blood pressure? Wasn't anxious or in pain.

Likely not.: Hypertension formally requires repeated elevated measurements from being taken in a standard position.
This is being seated with legs flat on the floor (uncrossed), waiting for at least 5 minutes, with an appropriately sized, properly calibrated cuff.

If sporadically blood pressure measurements are elevated, would consider taking standard measurements as above randomly over a few weeks. ...Read more

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I have anxiety about my blood pressure. Bp around 128/80 - 130/84 panic can reach 191/118 can't stop checking. What can I do? I'm afraid of dying.

I have anxiety about my blood pressure. Bp around 128/80 - 130/84 panic can reach 191/118 can't stop checking. What can I do? I'm afraid of dying.

BP checking: After you see your doctor to make sure all is well, I suggest you see a clinical psychologist. You MAY be dealing w/OCD symptoms. These can manifest w/obsessive checking of anything, not just BP. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am on medication for high blood pressure, I haven’t taken tablets for two weeks, BP at 130/78 currently. Normally spikes with work pressure only?

Normal BP: 130/78 is a normal BP. Suggest you monitor the BP over a period of time. Keep a BP diary. If there is doubt or it is border line at times, a 24h ABP can be done. Involve your treating doctor, don't just do your own thing. ...Read more

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This is probably nothing but my blood pressure keeps going down and down each time it's checked. I'm usually 112/80 but then it was 106/74, then 104/72, then the last time it was 80/54. I was laying down waiting for colonoscopy so I wasn't stressed.

You may also have: Been moderately dehydrated from the diarrhea associated with the bowel prep for your colposcopy. If you were not dizzy or lightheaded and did not pass out it will most likely return to normal when you return to normal oral intake and bowel activity. Like you assumed: "Probably nothing." ...Read more

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I'm 19 is blood pressure of 96/64 to low? Doctor seeen was ok but I don't think so.

I'm 19 is blood pressure of 96/64 to low? Doctor seeen was ok but I don't think so.

Are you dizzy?: It would be helpful to know what your blood pressures were previously throughout your teenage years, but it's most likely to be a normal blood pressure. If you aren't having any symptoms (dizziness upon standing, dizziness with exercise, inability to exercise, very low or high heart rate) then it's likely your normal. Be sure to maintain normal fluid intake (so that your urine is clear). ...Read more

Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more


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Rheumatrex (Definition)

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