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How high does blood pressure get before a heart attack?

How high does blood pressure get before a heart attack?

It doesn't: Although high blood pressure is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, there is no evidence that there is an acute rise in blood pressure prior to a heart attack. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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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How high can blood pressure get before a heart attack occurs?

How high can blood pressure get before a heart attack occurs?

Depends: This is very individual. If you have had high blood pressure for a long time, your body is used to it and may tolerate it longer. If you for example take Cocaine or other drugs that raise your blood pressure suddenly, even a small increase can give you a heart attack. No guarantees either way.. ...Read more

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How severe can blood pressure get before a heart attack?

How severe can blood pressure get before a heart attack?

Very: Aorta may tear first! i have seen 300/ 140 almost limit of cuff and accuracy high BP not always related to heart attack! ...Read more

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How high can blood pressure rise before someone has a heart attack or dies?

How high can blood pressure rise before someone has a heart attack or dies?

Different: Severe acute hypertension can cause tear of aorta and sudden death or need for emergency surgery. Can happen anytime with elevated bp but scary at 180 systolic and 120 diastolic. Can also cause left ventricular strain and hypertrophy and heart failure but usually not a heart attack acutely. ...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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Can my high blood pressure lead to a heart attack?

Can my high blood pressure lead to a heart attack?

Yes: High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks. If you have it, take steps to keep it under control with health diet, regular exercise, weight loss if needed, limited alcohol consumption, avoidance of tobacco and medications if needed. You should also find out what other risk factors for heart attack or stroke you have and address them as well. ...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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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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For high blood pressure to cause heart attack how long must it be high?

Impossible to answer: Believe it or not, htn, while a risk factor, is a relatively weak risk factor for heart attack. It's a big risk factor for stroke and congestive heart failure. (also kidney failure). Generally, risk factors must be present for decades to cause a heart attack, thus the "coronary prone age" is usually considered to be >55 for men and >65 for women (with many younger exceptions!). ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more