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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Hypertension (Overview)

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 flow within the vessels.


Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
320 doctors shared insights

Hypertension (Overview)

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 flow within the vessels.


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Managing High Blood Pressure (Tip)

Managing High Blood Pressure

Hypertension sometimes means something else is at play. One common missed diagnosis is sleep apnea. ...See more

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How does hypertension kill you?

How does hypertension kill you?

Hypertension: If blood pressure extremely high, so called malignant hypertension, can cause stroke. Severe stroke can kill people. ...Read more

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Define hypertension and arteriosclerosis. How do these effect each other?

Define hypertension and arteriosclerosis. How do these effect each other?

Cause and effect: Arteriosclerosis is the condtion in which lipid lines arteries, narrowing them and forcing the heart to work harder to force the right amount of blood in circulation. This raises the arterial pressure (hypertension) and eventually causes the heart to work less effectively. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Tip)

Managing High Blood Pressure

Daily exercise is one of the best things for high blood pressure. ...See more

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What is hypertension?

What is hypertension?

Elevated BP: Hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90 (either value). Normal BP is considered 120/80 with pre-hypertension as 120-140/80-90. For pre-hypertension recommendations include improved diet (low salt) and exercise with consideration of an anti-hypertensive medication. Hypertension can lead to problems such as heart attack and stroke and usually does not cause any symptoms. ...Read more

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How does hypertension kill you?

Hypertension: If blood pressure extremely high, so called malignant hypertension, can cause stroke. Severe stroke can kill people. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Tip)

Managing High Blood Pressure

Don't change your medicine dose without checking with your doctor. ...See more

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What exactly is hypertension?

What exactly is hypertension?

See below: Hypertension or high blood pressure this is the force exerted in the blood vessels by the blood stream during heart contractions systolic is at peak of heart contraction and diastolic is during the heart relaxation this is measured indirectly by inflaiting a cuff over the blood vessel and squeezing the blood vessel by the cuff and measuring the blood pressure readings. ...Read more