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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


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Can blood donation reduce high blood pressure?

Can blood donation reduce high blood pressure?

No: High blood pressure or hypertension is not caused by excessive volume of blood in the body. Therefore donating blood usually has no effect on one's blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can medication for lowering blood pressure increase my blood pressure?

Can medication for lowering blood pressure increase my blood pressure?

Possibly: Everyone responds differently to BP meds and there have been reports of patients having an increase of blood pressure, for example related to renin levels, when started on BP meds. Remember however that our blood pressures rise and fall naturally throughout the day so it is important to follow trends over time. In some cases, the medicine is simply not working for you, not raising your BP. ...Read more

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Will diastolic blood pressure ever exceed systolic blood pressure?

Will diastolic blood pressure ever exceed systolic blood pressure?

No: Systolic blood pressure occurs during contraction of the heart. The blood pressure falls progressively until the next contraction. Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure immediately before the subsequent contraction. Diastolic blood pressure can never be higher than systolic blood pressure. ...Read more

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High blood pressure?

High blood pressure?

BP definition.: The blood pressure is the resistance to blood flow through the body. The higher number is the resistance when the heart pumps, and the lower number is the resistance when the heart relaxes and fills. High BP can lead to problems with the heart, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and brain. ...Read more

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High blood pressure?

High blood pressure?

What is high BP?: A level of blood pressure that has been proven to shorten ones life and a level of BP that if treated prolongs ones life. The best is to be below120/80. However for treatment we use 135/85 at home as high. At your age above 135/85 at home would be consider HTN that needs to be lowered. Always try DASH diet first. ...Read more

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High blood pressure?

High blood pressure?

Yes? =140+/90+: If systolic (top #) is repeatedly 140 or higher and/or diastolic (bottom #) 90 or higher, then have hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure. Need to document BP readings from same machine/cuff (home, at store, etc.) w/date & time of day. Take list to your dr for review and discussion of benefit of medication vs likelihood of lifestyle changes lowering bp. ...Read more

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How does the blood pressure cuff measure blood pressure?

How does the blood pressure cuff measure blood pressure?

See below: The cuff is put around the arm and inflated. The pressure is increased enough to totally cut off flow through the artery. When the cuff is deflated, sounds are heard when flow begins. That is the systolic pressure. When the cuff further deflates, eventually there is no collapse of the artery at all and then the sounds disappear or muffle. That is the diastolic pressure. ...Read more

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What are systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure?

What are systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure?

See below: Systolic is the pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts. Diastolic is the pressure when the heart relaxes. ...Read more

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Blood pressure and amox-clav. Does this drug raise blood pressure?

Blood pressure and amox-clav.  Does this drug raise blood pressure?

No: Augmenting or Clavuanic acid - Amoxicillin - is broad spectrum antibiotics .More common side effect is upset stomach, diarrhea . It is sealed to " killing" all the good bacteria " probiotics' from gut as well as " bad " bacteria causing infection. It is good to keep well hydrated and consume health diet - including fermented food as Yogurt, Kefir. If you have High BP it could be the reason. ...Read more

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High blood pressure help to reduce my blood pressure?

High  blood pressure help to reduce my blood pressure?

High blood pressure: You need to be evaluated by a primary care physician to come up with a treatment plan to control your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Will blood for high blood pressure prevent erections?

Will blood for high blood pressure prevent erections?

U mean the medicine?: I assume you are talking about the medication to treat hypertension causing erection problem" yes, some can affect your erection. If you are taking medication for blood pressure issue and now experiencing significant ed trouble, consult your doc for re-eval and possible change of treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a high INR level effect blood pressure?

Can a high INR level effect blood pressure?

No : Only if the inr is so high that there is spontaneous and severe bleeding in which case the BP tends to go down (rapidly). ...Read more

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Blood pressure: does your systolic pressure affect diastolic pressure?

Blood pressure: does your systolic pressure affect diastolic pressure?

No: They're independent but often tend to go together. Younger people tend to have higher diastolic pressures. Older people tend to have higher systolic pressures. But those are just generalizations. ...Read more

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Low blood pressure ?

Low blood pressure ?

Can be normal: If it is always low and you feel fine, dont worry. Otherwise it can be caused by dehydration or other things. If it's new see your dr. ...Read more

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What's the risk in lowest blood pressure and high blood pressure too.

What's the risk in lowest blood pressure and high blood pressure too.

Blood pressure: Most common problem with too low of blood pressure is dizziness and possibly passing out. Weakness or fatigue may also occur. Too high of a blood-pressure may lead to vascular disease, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, etc. ...Read more

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