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Doctor insights on: Treating Hypertension

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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Does taking a beta agonist for asthma and a beta blocker for high blood pressure counter act each other in any way?

Does taking a beta agonist for asthma and a beta blocker for high blood pressure counter act each other in any way?

Possibly: Avoid beta blockers during active asthma/bronchospasm as the airway issues could worsen. That said, when asthma is in the past and not an active concern, then some beta blockade might work and be tolerated. Would try to use beta 1 selective agents in such a case. ...Read more

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What cause hypertension?

What cause hypertension?

Hypertension: There are several medical causes of hypertension such as renal artery stenosis, hyperthyroidism, but most often the cause is unknown often called essential hypertension. The most important factor is that you get and keep your blood pressure controlled. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hypertension?

Symptoms of hypertension?

Renal Failure&stroke: Problem is you usually don't notice anything. If hypertension persists untreated it can lead to renal (kidney) failure, stroke, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, etc. At the very least, you can get your blood pressure checked in many supermarkets or pharmacies at their automated blood pressure machines. Desirable results would be less than 120/80 mm hg. ...Read more

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Can hypertension be cured?

Can hypertension be cured?

It depends: Some causes of hypertension are reversible, most are not because in 95% of the cases we do not know what causes the development of high blood pressure. I suggest you read the following article: http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/highbloodpressure/preventiontreatmentofhighbloodpressure/prevention-treatment-of-high-blood-pressure_ucm_002054_article.Jsp. ...Read more

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Why does hypertension occur?

Why does hypertension occur?

Genes and time: The arteries (vessels that transport blood away from heart) are very elegant pipes lined with muscle and smooth tissue to allow blood to travel quickly where its neeeded and to stretch or pulse based on body needs. As we get older, cholesterol deposits make them stiffer and less flexible increasing the pressure. High dietary sodium, kidney disease, obesity can also increase the volume of blood. ...Read more

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What is portal hypertension?

Portal hypertension: This is an obstructive condition of the venous outflow from the liver, often associated with cirrhosis. It causes abdominal distension and fluid leak into the legs and abdomen. ...Read more

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How is hypertension controlled?

How is hypertension controlled?

Diet, exercise, meds: Htn requires a strong committment to treat effectively. Compliance with a weight loss diet, low salt and alcohol, coupled with regular aerobic exercise can help tremendously in keeping BP under control. For most, these will be necessary , along with meds in order to control BP adequately. Meds without lifestyle changes often just leads to more meds and side effects. Doing both works better. ...Read more

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How reversible is hypertension?

Not very : Usually it doesn't go away but if you're overweight and lose about 10% of your weight, you may see a significant drop in your bp. If you smoke or drink xs alcohol, changing these habits will also lower bp. For the majority though, once it diagnosed, it tends to require life long treatment for control. ...Read more