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Can episodic high blood pressure cause an enlarged heart?

Can episodic high blood pressure cause an enlarged heart?

The commonly: accepted answer is that LABILE (episodic) hypertension does not cause hypertensive heart disease...I believe that has been "debunked" and the general answer now is that there are medications which regularize episodic hypertension AFTER the REASON for this blood pressure picture is determined and certain medical conditions ruled out!
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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and have elevated blood presssure when I'm stressed. My blood pressure returns to normal, but I was wondering if episodic high blood pressure can cause an enlarged heart like hypertension can. ?

I  struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and have elevated blood presssure when I'm stressed. My blood pressure returns to normal, but I was wondering if episodic high blood pressure can cause an enlarged heart like hypertension can. ?

Stress management: Frequent spikes in blood pressure (labile hypertension)are harmful but may not cause enlargement of the left ventricle such as occurs in longstanding sustained hypertension. I recommend stress management therapy for you as well as careful follow-up by your MD who will guide you on diet,etc. ...Read more

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My resting blood pressure is 110/70. However when I am stressed (which is a lot recently) it gets up to around 150/90. Could situational high blood pressure cause an aneurysm or an enlarged heart?

My resting blood pressure is 110/70. However when I am stressed (which is a lot recently) it gets up to around 150/90. Could situational high blood pressure cause an aneurysm or an enlarged heart?

There is the: potential for end organ damage with what you are calling "situational high blood pressure." I suspect that you are actually hypertensive more often than you realize and would benefit from treatment. Counseling might also help you to deal with your stress more effectively. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure affect your heart?

How does high blood pressure affect your heart?

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

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What is the connection between high blood pressure and the heart?

What is the connection between high blood pressure and the heart?

Heart and others: Uncontrolled hypertension is very damaging to all organ systems -- the brain, the heart, the kidney and others. ...Read more

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What number of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure?

What number of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure?

Exact number unknown: High blood pressure is the leading cause of all heart disease, but exactly how many heart attacks are caused solely by high blood pressure is unknown. There are approximately 1.5 million heart attacks in the United States yearly, and it is estimated that high blood pressure is a significant factor in more than half of them. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure cause heart attack?

Can high blood pressure cause heart attack?

Not the main: Hypertension causes left ventricular hypertrophy and strain and heart failure. Concomitant coronary disease can occur and infarction can happen hypertension is also asso. With aortic tear-dissection and that can involve coronaries and cause infarction. More to the entire story but that' s a start. ...Read more

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Do you know is high blood pressure heart disease?

Do you know is high blood pressure heart disease?

Heart disease: This depends on your individual risks. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease. Diet and exercise can lower high blood pressure, but this can take awhile. Medications also work. You should talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is high blood pressure a heart disease?

Can you tell me is high blood pressure a heart disease?

Its a risk factor: Its one of the risk factors and if left untreated can cause hypertensiive heart disease. As well. ...Read more

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How are high blood pressure and heart failure connected?

How are high blood pressure and heart failure connected?

Heart - Hypertension: Hypertension can cause heart failure by causing strain on the heart muscle due to the excess work of pumping into high pressure arteries, or by causing the tiny arterioles that bring blood to the heart muscle and lining to narrow and become stiff, thus damaging heart function due to low blood supply. ...Read more

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What medicines help heart disease and high blood pressure?

What medicines help heart disease and high blood pressure?

Meds to lower BP: Controlling BP with medications, especially beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics will help to reduce risk of heart injury, heart failure and heart pain (angina). Some of the effects of high BP on the heart can be reversed with these BP meds and optimum control of BP (110-130/60-80). Follow up with primary MD and/or specialists (cardiologist and nephrologist if kidney problems). ...Read more

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Do i need to have high blood pressure to have a heart attack?

Do i need to have high blood pressure to have a heart attack?

No: High blood pressure is only one risk factor for heart attack. Others include smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, age, and family history of heart disease. It is such a common problem, there are some patients that have none of these risk factors, but still have heart attacks. ...Read more

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How does exercise help reduce high blood pressure and heart disease?

How does exercise help reduce high blood pressure and heart disease?

Decrease risk: Aerobic exercise will make your heart stronger. If your heart can pump blood with less effort then the force at the arteries will decrease and the arteries will relax, decreasing your bp. Control BP will decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus exercise will control your weight, help with high bad cholesterol and decrease stress in your life, all risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

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Can it take many years for high blood pressure to cause heart attack ?

Yes: High blood pressure along with high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, family history all contribute to the development of atherosclerosis. It is the rupture of these plaques in coronary arteries that causes heart attacks. It takes years to develop significant atherosclerotic plaques. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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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


Dr. Michael Perez
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Enlarged Heart (Definition)

The heart is larger than normal, typically greater that 5.7 cm internally during filling phase. A thickened heart muscle (hypertrophy) of greater Than 1.1 cm may give the appearance of an enlarged ...Read more