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Does Methotrexate 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
It may: Amitriptyline is known to lower blood pressure. But it may also raise blood pressure in some people. Lowering of blood pressure is a more common side effect with this medication. People 65 or older need to be extra careful when getting up suddenly because amitriptyline may drop the blood pressure enough to cause dizziness and a fall when getting up too quickly from a sitting position. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: High blood pressure is one of the leading diseases that can damage your the kidneys. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to chronic kidney disease and eventually dialysis. However if your blood pressure is well controlled, your kidney will not be damaged. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does not: Well women who are pregnant sometimes develop hypertension so there is a relationship between the two and if you have hypertension it can worsen when you are pregant but the hypertension does not relate to your becoming pregnant. Either way, if your blood pressure is high you need evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Caffeine can raise blood pressure by up to 10 points in people who don't have caffeine very often. This will lower back to normal when the effects of caffeine wear off. This temporary rise in blood pressure is worse in people who already have high blood pressure. If one consumes caffeine on a regular basis, it may raise blood pressure by a small amount over the long term. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: The kidneys are one of the primary managers of blood pressure. When they are overwhelmed by continuously high blood pressure, eventually their function begins to decline. Renal failure can be one of the first manifestations of persistently uncontrolled severe high blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Raises it, usually: Acutely, like in alcohol poisoning it can lower your blood pressure to shock levels- in fact many alcohol ods die of shock. Chronically, in heavier drinkers (3/day on average or more), it elevates blood pressure, and in fact is a cause of secondary hypertension. For the most part, people with elevated BP should drink very much in moderation, if at all. I ask my pt's to keep it to special occasion. ...Read more
How low can you go?: Is not just about limbo, it can also be about your blood pressure. If your top number is 90 or less, the key is how do you feel? Dizzy, lightheaded [especially when you sit up or stand up], heart running fast, even passing out .... Not good. Talk with your doc! on the other hand, some people - especially athletes or yogis - feel fine & it's a sign of how healthy, body& mind, they are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caffeine can cause a short, but dramatic increase in your blood pressure, even if you don't have high blood pressure: It's unclear what causes this spike in blood pressure. Some researchers believe that caffeine could block a hormone that helps keep your arteries widened. Others think that caffeine causes your adrenal glands to release more adrenaline, which causes your blood pressure to increase. Some people who regularly drink caffeinated beverages have a higher average blood pressure than do those who drink none. Others who regularly drink caffeinated beverages develop a tolerance to caffeine. As a result, caffeine doesn't have a long–term effect on their blood pressure. It seems that caffeine has a stronger blood pressure increasing effect in men who are older than 70 or who are overweight. If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor whether you should limit or stop drinking caffeinated beverages. If you're concerned about caffeine's effect on your blood pressure, try limiting the amount of caffeine you drink to 200 milligrams a day — about the same amount as in two 12–ounce (355–millileter) cups of brewed coffee. Keep in mind that the amount of caffeine in coffee and other beverages varies by brand. Also, avoid caffeine right before activities that naturally increase your blood pressure, such as exercise, weightlifting or hard physical labor. To see if caffeine might be raising your blood pressure, check your blood pressure within 30 to 120 minutes of drinking a cup of coffee or another caffeinated beverage. If your blood pressure increases by five to 10 points, you may be sensitive to the blood pressure raising effects of caffeine. If you plan to cut back on caffeine, do so gradually over several days to a week to avoid withdrawal headaches. ...Read more
Requires both muscle: to work harder to drive blood forward & ?es valve leaflet loads to block reverse blood flow. Heart muscle requires more blood flow for more work (more susceptible to damage of artery Ds), muscle gets thicker/stronger but also stiffer (no longer allows blood return from veins at low pressure) over time. Both lead to ?ed heart attack rates, enlargement, congestive failure, atrial fibrillation, etc. ...Read more
Sometimes...: Low blood pressure, if low enough, can decrease blood flow to the brain. Since blood carries oxygen, the person would then have low oxygen to the brain. The brain doesn't function well with low blood flow/oxygen and the person could experience light-headedness, confusion, etc. And may even pass out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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