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What causes irregular blood pressure readings?

What causes irregular blood pressure readings?

Normal: You have to determine if the cuff you are using is accurate. You will rarely get the same BP readings with an automated cuff. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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Can uncontrolled high blood pressure cause blackouts?

Can uncontrolled high blood pressure cause blackouts?

Get evaluated soon: Yes, uncontrolled hypertension can cause several concerning symptoms. If blackouts are occurring, medical attention is needed asap. The risk for stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, aortic dissection are all emergencies that can be provoked by very high bp. There are excellent meds to lower bp, both in the acute phase in the hospital and as a routine outpatient med. Please get evaluated. ...Read more

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Can sudden drops in blood sugar cause low blood pressure?

Can sudden drops in blood sugar cause low blood pressure?

Seems unlikely : Low blood sugars stimulate a counter regulatory response whereby hormones including adrenaline and cortisol are secreted into the blood stream to help the body make more sugar. Both of these hormones tend to increase blood pressure. When the brain is deprived of its fuel source counter regulation works in a way to keep up the blood supply and glucose feeding the brain. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure spikes?

What causes high blood pressure spikes?

Diet: Hbp rises due to eating a diet full of salt and water. People with hbp have difficulty excreting excess salt and water. If a person with hbp eats a diet filled with salt (hamburgers or steaks) and fluids (excessive coke or beer), then they will see a spike in their blood pressure because they can't get ride of this extra salt and fluid normally. Not taking your meds will lead BP spikes as well. ...Read more

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Are the blood pressure spikes associated with panic attacks dangerous? Normal blood pressure usually low

Are the blood pressure spikes associated with panic attacks dangerous? Normal blood pressure usually low

No immediate risk: They are not dangerous in themselves and there is no immediate cause for worry. On the other hand, living with chronic anxiety over many years will take a toll, physically and emotionally. See a mental health professional and get treatment. Panic attacks reflect underlying emotional issues. Psychotherapy will help you understand and overcome them. Get some help- you don't have to live with anxiety. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure?

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What causes high blood pressure?

Hardening of arterie: Hardening of arteries, increased vascular tone/ resistance. Causes blood pressure to go up. Other associated feature hypercholesterolemia. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure?

What causes high blood pressure?

Genetics/lifestyle: More than 90% of HTN is essential (primary) in nature. This implies that it occurs on its own. The remaining 5-10% is secondary htn, which means another primary medical problem is driving the high BP (example renovascular, endocrine, catecholamine-induced, sleep apnea). Essential HTN usually based on increased vasoconstriction. This is made worse by obesity, salt/alcohol intake, sedentary, . ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure?

Stiffening of : The walls of the arteries. Hardening of the arteries, high levels of hormones such as aldosterone or adrenaline, blockages of the kidney arteries leading to increased renin are all potential reasons. ...Read more

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What causes unstable blood pressure?

What causes unstable blood pressure?

Difficult question: Blood pressure is not "unstable." it is a physiologic response to a multitude of factors. Blood pressure that varies "wildly" may indicate disorders associated with neurohormonal dysregulation and may be investigated with blood chemistry and noninvasive testing. Often the cause is anxiety and / or the medications (including alcohol) we take. ...Read more

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What causes low blood pressure?

What causes low blood pressure?

Low volume/vasodil: Either low cardiac output due to low or high hr's/low stroke volume or excessive vasodilation. Hormonal problems (like adrenal insuff) could rarely be a cause. Infection/sepsis/anemia or acute blood loss, dehydration, or cardiac pump/rhythm problems could cause. ...Read more

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Can low blood pressure cause dizziness?

Can low blood pressure cause dizziness?

Yes: Especially in upright position. The low BP may decrease perfusion and oxygenation of the brain ...Read more

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What causes sudden high blood pressure and tachycardia?

What causes sudden high blood pressure and tachycardia?

Hypertension: Sudden hypertension and tachycardia can have multiple causes and deserves evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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What can cause erratic BP and blood pressure when standing ?

What can cause erratic BP and blood pressure when standing ?

Physiology: A normal response to standing is a brief initial drop in systolic BP of <10 points followed by a rise as reflexes kick in. Diastolic BP also rises. Hr also rises. If your BP drops >10 points, you may be dehydrated or have effects from medication. Healthy people can have momentary dizziness by standing too quickly, especially from a squatting position. ...Read more