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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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Is a heart rate of 124 dangerous. Blood pressure was normal?

Is a heart rate of 124 dangerous. Blood pressure was normal?

No not short term. : Heart rate going up is normal during exercise. If your heart rate stays elevated despite resting and even during sleep then that is not normal and need further evaluation. Pain can sometimes increase heart rate as may other conditions like thyroid problems. I would see your pcp for further evaluation. ...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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Is heart rate elevated during a vagal resonse to blood draw?

Is heart rate elevated during a vagal resonse to blood draw?

NO!: The essential pathophysiology of a vagal reaction is slowing of the heart. If the heart rate has increased, it is not a vagal reaction. ...Read more

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Can heart burn be a sign of high blood pressure?

Can heart burn be a sign of high blood pressure?

Don't ignore hrt brn: Not generally. However very high blood pressure can give chest pain which some people describe as heart burn. Please talk to your doctor about it. What you may perceive as heart burn may be a symptom of heart disease. ...Read more

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Is it common for high blood pressure to cause heart attack or stroke?

Is it common for high blood pressure to cause heart attack or stroke?

It can happen: Atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of heart attack and stroke, is associated with the following high risk conditions: hypertension, diabetes, smoking, hyperlipidemia, family history of heart attack or stroke. Untreated high blood pressure is very dangerous. ...Read more

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Is slow heart beat accompanied with high blood pressure or low blood pressure?

Is slow heart beat accompanied with high blood pressure or low blood pressure?

Depends.........: Depending on a lot of things including age, hydration, medications, fitness, current activity, pain, and many more, pulse and BP can both be high, both be low, one high and one low, or the other way. There's is not rule for that one - sorry. ...Read more

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Is a blood pressure of 120/90 high?

Is a blood pressure of 120/90 high?

Symptomless disease: High blood pressure (BP) is a disease where the pressure in your arteries is too high, where the systolic is >140 or the diastolic is >90 (see my colleague's answer for an explanation of systolic and diastolic.) ideally the BP should be <130/80. High BP often is without symptoms but needs treatment to prevent heart disease & stroke. Untreated high BP can also lead to kidney disease and impotence. ...Read more

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Is low blood pressure a symptom of congestive heart failure?

Is low blood pressure a symptom of congestive heart failure?

Bad prognosis?: Low blood pressure in a pt. With CHF is a sign of bad prognosis and may be because the diuretics and ace inhibitors or other medications used to control hypertension before? If pt has too much fluid and the BP is low there is not much room to increase the dosis of the diuretics without causing collapse. ...Read more

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Is it possible that high blood pressure indicates heart diease?

Is it possible that high blood pressure indicates heart diease?

Risk factor: High blood pressure is a separate condition from heart disease and 95% of the time it is genetically determined. Having high blood pressure does however increase your risk of heart disease. ...Read more

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Is high blood pressure and fast pulse from anxiety dangerous?

Is high blood pressure and fast pulse from anxiety dangerous?

ReasonIsNot theIssue: High blood pressure is a behavior ; the more chronic, the more the rate of cardiovascular events ; decline in kidney function ?es. It does not matter if people "think" they know the basis or not; same behavior. The impact of increased heart rates is less clear, though some (minority) "believe" we may have some unclear limit on available heart beats. Best strategy, .Confront the bases of the fears! ...Read more

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Why would blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

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Why would blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Low oxygen & stress: The respiratory rate increases due to low oxygen in the blood. The increase in pulse and BP are the body's response to stress. ...Read more

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Can taking a blood pressure medicine lower the risk of heart attacks?

Can taking a blood pressure medicine lower the risk of heart attacks?

BP meds' effects: Controlling your blood pressure with medication does lower your risk of heart attacks. It also reduces your risk of kidney disease and/or failure and strokes. You blood pressure (BP) should be < 140 systolic. The lower your bp, without symptoms of dizziness or weakness, the better your chances are of avoiding these complications. See your doctor for more advice. ...Read more

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Are the blood pressure spikes associated with panic attacks dangerous? Normal blood pressure usually low

Are the blood pressure spikes associated with panic attacks dangerous? Normal blood pressure usually low

No immediate risk: They are not dangerous in themselves and there is no immediate cause for worry. On the other hand, living with chronic anxiety over many years will take a toll, physically and emotionally. See a mental health professional and get treatment. Panic attacks reflect underlying emotional issues. Psychotherapy will help you understand and overcome them. Get some help- you don't have to live with anxiety. ...Read more

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Is a low pulse rate with high blood pressure dangerous for an elderly woman?

Is a low pulse rate with high blood pressure dangerous for an elderly woman?

Depends.: Low pulse rate associated with symptoms or below 50 without meds probably requires some investigation. The degree of BP elevation determines how "dangerous" it is. In elderly patients it is often reasonable to accept higher baseline bp's rather than to push medications. If i can get a BP down to 140/90 range without side effects in an 80 year old I am generally pleased. ...Read more

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Is the penis pump dangerous for persons with high blood pressure or irregular heart beats?

Is the penis pump dangerous for persons with high blood pressure or irregular heart beats?

Probably not: Vacuum erection devices are safe to use as long as your doctor or cardiologist has told you that you are healthy enough to have sexual intercourse. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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