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How To Treat Chronic High Blood Pressure Quickly
A few blood tests: In addition to monitoring your blood pressure, you should have your cholesterol and blood sugar checked as high cholesterol and diabetes go along with high blood pressure often. Kidney function should also be monitored over time. A baseline ekg is helpful as well. An echocardiogram may be needed later in life to evaluate for heart failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Insidious: Chronic uncontrolled high blood pressure may produce no symptoms until a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, dementia, peripheral arterial disease, or kidney failure appear. Lifestyle and pharmacologic therapies are very effective in controlling the BP and the commensurate reduction in risk. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Chronic high blood pressure [or hypertension] is persistance of high blood pressure on repeated readings by a health proffessional and generally needs evaluation and treatment to lower it by non medical measures and mesications to acceptable levels to prevent complications due to the effect of HTN on various organs of the body like kidney, heart and brain. ...Read more
May be none: Uncomplicated high blood pressure is often asymptomatic. There may be vague symptoms of headache and if the blood pressure becomes too high, changes in mental status. Most of the symptoms arise from the complications, e.g., heart failure, myocardial infarction, renal failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease etc. ...Read more
There are none: Hypertension (high blood pressure) typically has no symptoms. This is one of the things that makes it hard to treat. We treat hypertension to prevent strokes, heart and kidney disease. It is frequently involved in diabetes and obesity. People with obstructive sleep apnea often have high blood pressure. While it is associated with all of these diseases, it has no symptoms of its own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I go to the doctor regular and im 21 weeks preg.I have chronic high blood pressure and take methyldopa twice a day..Could severe preeclamsia occur suddenly and me not know it or would there most likely be symptoms?
Lifestyle, meds: Lifestyle changes can lower blood pressure a lot: limiting sodium intake in the diet (2 grams per day), losing weight (sometimes even 7-10 lbs) and exercising regularly (30+ minutes of brisk walking or equivalent, per day). One can often lower blood pressure by 10 or more systolic, and 5 or more diastolic points this way. Numerous classes of medications lower BP by targeting different pathways. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Restrict salt: First and foremost is limiting salt intake to what nature intended, which is "not very much", and drinking plenty of water. If this does not work, you have gone beyond what natural medicine has to offer -- but also making a much better start than many people, and doing yourself a favor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There are a lot of factors that affect what medicine should be given first. Race, whether you have diabetes, your age, and how high the blood pressure is would all be factors. Since many patients end up needing two or more medications, it often becomes a mute point which to start with. A thiazide diuretic, ace inhibitor, or arb are good choices for a starting medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im a 57 year old women and my BP is 88 over 59, good or bad? Im treated on meds for high blood pressure now, take meds daily
Yes but . . .: Work closely w/your family doc. Check your blood pressure at home then bring in both record & cuff for calibration. Know your numbers. If you smoke, quit. If you don't exercise, start. Change eating habits to (low salt) DASH diet which has been proven to help lower BP. If this isn't enough, then discuss drug options w/your doc to reduce risk of stroke, heart failure & kidney failure from high BP. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
The power of magnets: I wish I could tell you the scientific community and FDA and ACP recommends magnetic bracelets to treat high blood pressure but I can not. There are no proven studies that show magnets are superior to treat htn than the proven studies that show the DASH diet, cut down on Etoh, stop smoking, diet exercise and yes medications to treat high blood pressure. So wear one for fun but heed the docs advice ...Read more
Systolic : Systolic BP elevated, i would wonder if teen is big & BP cuff too small for his arm was used, it would give falsely high reading. If the teen had ingested an energy drink/caffeinated beverage prior to the reading, the systolic reading would be falsely high. If these are present, i would suggest abstaining from these substances, & repeating measurement with appropriate size cuff, no caffeine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Many of the medications for CHF treat high BP (beta blockers, acei/arbs). ...Read more
Low Sex drive: 30 YO: Yes...But in a round about way. Elevated b/p can fatigue the body and the mind and then this can affect the libido. But, given your gender and age one must look at sleep issues, blood sugar, weight and how in or out of shape you are. There is also a chance you have developed a low thyroid condition. A good medical provider can help you sort all of this out. ...Read more
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
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more
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