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Doctor insights on: Lifestyle Factors Affecting High Blood Pressure

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
324 doctors shared insights

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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Are high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and diabetes all related?

Are high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and diabetes all related?

Yes but not directly: All three are tied to dietary changes and can be reversed with improved weight loss and increased exercise. Diet and exercise might still not be enough and medications might be needed. You should talk with your family doctor. ...Read more

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Is high cholesterol and high blood pressure irreversible?

Is high cholesterol and high blood pressure irreversible?

Could be controled: Hi blood-pressure and high cholesterol could be treated with lifestyle changes and medication. Sometimes the cause for high blood pressure could be identified and by treating the etiology blood-pressure will improve. ...Read more

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Could high blood pressure affect your vision?

Could high blood pressure affect your vision?

Unlikely: The vessels of the eye generally are not affected by ordinary levels of high blood pressure. If the systolic approaches 200 and the diastolic gets over 160 - very dangerous levels - then there could be bleeding in the retina or fluid leaks which can alter vision. Levels this high can lead to strokes in the brain that can also affect vision. ...Read more

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Is low blood pressure hereditary?

Is low blood pressure hereditary?

Maybe: Stop high carb foods (grains, lentils, potato based items). Also avoid milk protein since it causes insulin resistance that eventually raises BP. Low carb food items such as flesh foods, eggs, non starchy vegetables, avocados, saturated fat (butter, ghee, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Get some sunshine daily. For more, go to: https://kaushikmd.com/2016/11/03/get-started ...Read more

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Possible causes of low blood pressure based on the factors that maintain normal blood pressure?

Possible causes of low blood pressure based on the factors that maintain normal blood pressure?

See below: The causes of acutely low blood pressure and chronically low pressure are different. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-blood-pressure/ds00590/dsection=causes. ...Read more

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Could my family history influence my high blood pressure increase preeclampsia?

Could my family history influence my high blood pressure increase preeclampsia?

Too some degree: Family history does play a role in tendency towards high blood pressure. But you can exert some control over your risk by sticking to a healthy diet and staying close to your ideal body weight. ...Read more

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Diabetes and high blood pressure. Are there chances of heart vessel blocks?

Yes: Dm/htn in a combo will increase the risk of secondary organ damage like renal failure(bp have to be very tightly control), coronary artery disease and heart attack, peripheral nerve damage including autonomic nervous system dysfunction, increase risk of stroke, stomach problems from gastrosparesis, increase risk of peripheral artery disease and increase risk of leg amputations etc. ...Read more

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Does diabetes cause high blood pressure?

Does diabetes cause high blood pressure?

Sort of : Hypertension occurs alongside type 2 diabetes frequently. I would not say diabetes "causes" hypertention. They occur together as part of a syndrome, which includes abdominal obesity, abnormal lipids. If diabetes causes kidney disease, that can cause hypertension. ...Read more

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How are high blood pressure meds determined?

How are high blood pressure meds determined?

MDbeliefs+ClinTrials: While in theory physicians are promoted to follow guidelines (e.g. See: published jnc 7 report: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/hypertension/jnc7full.Pdf), these are only guidelines, do not cover many issues and most physicians recommend based on their beliefs & priorities. Keep in mind that you are the primary decision maker & anything you take is your own personal clinical trial. ...Read more

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Does everyone with high cholesterol and high blood pressure automatically have coronary atherosclerosis?

Does everyone with high cholesterol and high blood pressure automatically have coronary atherosclerosis?

No: Vascular diseases are multifactorial. However, not controlling your medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Can make you more prone to developing vascular problems, and clearly if you already have coronary or peripheral vascular disease, not managing these issues will lead to more rapid progression of the disease process. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disease cause sudden high blood pressure?

Can thyroid disease cause sudden high blood pressure?

Yes: An over active thyroid can released excess thyroid hormone into your bloodstream potentially raising blood pressure.Alternatively a sluggish thyroid can cause low blood pressure as one's metabolism is too low. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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


Dr. Bernard Seif
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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