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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What can be the cause of high blood pressure when you have a normal heart echo and stress test any suggestions what to look for?

What can be the cause of high blood pressure when you have a normal heart echo and stress test any suggestions what to look for?

Genetics and diet: Essential hypertension is probably genetic, but too much sodium in your diet, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol intake can all add to difficulty controlling blood pressure. One other cause is obstructive sleep apnea. Resistent hypertension can often be linked to untreated sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure 179/117. I have had an ecg, echocardiogram, chest ex ray, stress test & they are all very good. What could be causing this?

I have high blood pressure 179/117. I have had an ecg, echocardiogram, chest ex ray, stress test & they are all very good. What could be causing this?

Look deeper: There are multiple possibilities. The first come to mind is kidney problems, the second is hardening of your arteries, the third could be neurological. Your medications, sodium intake can also contribute to this. You need to look deeper to find the cause asap. It is dangerous to dismiss this high of a blood pressure! wishing you well... ...Read more

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People who are stressed are suffering from high blood pressure. Is this true?

People who are stressed are suffering from high blood pressure. Is this true?

Not really: Although stress may make high blood pressure worse the two are really independent problems. Each should be treated appropriately but a healthy lifestyle can alleviate both. ...Read more

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Is high blood pressure a sign that I am too stressed?

Is high blood pressure a sign that I am too stressed?

It can be: If your blood pressure is usually normal, and now it is up and you are under more than usual stress, then stress can be the cause of elevated blood pressure. However it is possible you actually have the condition of high blood pressure, and if it is high enough it needs to be treated. Your doctor will want to recheck it several times hours apart to determine if you need treatment. ...Read more

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I am 17and have high blood pressure recently. I have been fairly busy and stressed out, could that make it high?

I am 17and have high blood pressure recently. I have been fairly busy and stressed out, could that make it high?

Stress ; BP: "stress" can cause some changes in your heart rate and blood pressure, but these generally normalize when your stress remits. Certain drugs can elevate BP too. You're very young to have sustained high blood pressure. I suggest a full evaluation with your physician. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure, not high enough for BP pills. Other then exercise what can I due to lower my bp. I have been stressed for years, no oulet?

I have high blood pressure, not high enough for BP pills. Other then exercise what can I due to lower my bp. I have been stressed for years, no oulet?

Fruits and vegetable: The dash diet or dietary approach to stop hypertension is a well researched and recommended plan for this purpose.

Details here
http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash. Pdf. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and repeatedly check my blood pressure throughout the day how do I break this habit. Totally stressed about high blood pre?

I have high blood pressure and repeatedly check my blood pressure throughout the day how do I break this habit. Totally stressed about high blood pre?

Get Expert 2 Assess: If u're checking ur BP 2reassure urself that it's ok + u feel some relief after u check (though relief doesn't last because doubt that u may have missed something starts taking hold causing ur anxiety level 2shoot up all over again) consider seeing a clinical psychologist/psychiatrist 4a careful diagnostic assessment. This might or might not b ocd. Get expert opinion so can get targeted treatment! ...Read more

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I get blurred vision when I exercise or feel stressed. Could this be a sign of high blood pressure? If so what should I do to stop this firm happenin

Doubt blood HBP: This could be a problem called pigmentary dispersion - which is mostly likely in higher myopes. If this is happening consistently then you should see a n ophthalmolgist for evaluation. High blood pressure is very uncommon at your age and does not cause visual blur in any case unless it is crazy high. ...Read more

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I'm tachycardic. Resting rate goes from 75 to 120-130 upon standing. I do have high blood pressure & I am obese. How to permanently fix tachycardia? Stress test 2-3 wks ago and passed just fine. What other tests may I need? What could be the cause?

I'm tachycardic. Resting rate goes from 75 to 120-130 upon standing. I do have high blood pressure & I am obese. How to permanently fix tachycardia? Stress test 2-3 wks ago and passed just fine. What other tests may I need? What could be the cause?

BP and HR: There could be a variety of reasons for having high blood pressure with high heart rate. Please kindly see your doctor to discuss, evaluate with blood tests and imaging studies as indicated to get to the right diagnoses. There are medicines that can lower blood pressure and heart rate. ...Read more

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What determines the stroke volume in one heartbeat? If I get stressed the volume rise and that's why u get high blood pressure right?

What determines the stroke volume in one heartbeat? If I get stressed the volume rise and that's why u get high blood pressure right?

Wrong: Your BP goes up when you are stressed because your peripheral resistance (the "tone") of your arteries goes up. In a sick heart that may make the stroke volume go down.
If I were you, I would be worried about the STRESS and not your Blood Pressure or its physiology (at age 22) ...Read more

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High blood pressure runs in my family. My mom's BP will be as high as 200/? Sometimes. Why does my BP stay around 100/70-even when stressed out?

High blood pressure runs in my family. My mom's BP will be as high as 200/? Sometimes. Why does my BP stay around 100/70-even when stressed out?

Good BP: Although there are hereditary components to blood pressure, most often the major contributor to hypertension is a salt loaded diet and the inability of the body to get rid of the salt excess. Your BP is good and should try to keep it that way! ...Read more

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How can someone test high blood pressure?

How can someone test high blood pressure?

Blood pressure cuff: Blood pressure is measured using a blood pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer). This can be done in a doctor's office or a pharmacy. You can also do-it-yourself with a home blood pressure cuff that can be purchased at almost any pharmacy. ...Read more

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Suggest the test to know about the reason behind high blood pressure at the age of 20. My BP is 138/88 mmHg.

Suggest the test to know about the reason behind high blood pressure at the age of 20. My BP is 138/88 mmHg.

Life style!: BP treatment guidelines authored earlier this year by AHA have slightly liberalized the low end of treatment goals. Your BP needs watching, but no medical tx or additional work-up for now. Life style issues need to be addressed vigorously: salt intake ...Read more

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My husbands temples started swelling allot when bending after he got sick & high blood pressure pills given to him seen many drs many tests no help?

Frustation: That's very frustrating and I can appreciate your helplessness but it isn't going to be diagnosed in an online forum limited to 400 characters. He needs to see another local doctor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic high blood pressure?

What are the tests for chronic high blood pressure?

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 more

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What are some of the tests for High blood pressure?

What are some of the tests for High blood pressure?

The tests for High blood pressure include:: Basic metabolic panel, Electrocardiogram, Lipid panel, Echocardiogram, 24 hour urine catecholamines, Cortisol level, Thyroid stimulating hormone, Aldosterone, Angiogram of renal arteries, Renin activity, Urine microalbumin, Complete blood count. ...Read more

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When taking high blood pressure meds how often are you suppose to get a blood test?

When taking high blood pressure meds how often are you suppose to get a blood test?

ONCE IN THE BEGINNIN: You do not need periodic blood tests if you are being treated for high blood pressure, unless some abnormality was found on the initial exam
blood test should be done at the initial visit and needs to be repeated only if you are being treated with diuretics and we need to check your potassium level, otherwise once a year may be all you need. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and had a high blood pressure test at store. It's high? (Tested twice) How and how can I lower it?

BP: At 19 you should see your Doctor and be checked to be sure whether you really have high BP and if you do what the cause might be and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to ever get off blood pressure medicine? What tests need to be done to know the cause of high blood pressure?

Is it possible to ever get off blood pressure medicine? What tests need to be done to know the cause of high blood pressure?

Yes: Depends on cause.
There are a few that are curable by surgery!
other persons may control or improve, with weight loss, exercize, sodium control, dietary efforts. ...Read more

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High blood pressure is there test to locate why this is happening and hwere in body? 180/105 I weight 120 pounds nobody in family has this issues.

High blood pressure is there test to locate why this is happening and hwere in body? 180/105 I weight 120 pounds nobody in family has this issues.

Secondary HTN: May be secondary hypertension, suggest seeking medical attention to perform quick screening and workup. Some times vascular problems of the kidney or endocrine abnormalities can lead to hypertension that may be easily curable. ...Read more

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High blood pressure fasting blood test will cannabis show up?

High blood pressure fasting blood test will cannabis show up?

Only if testing for: It. It will only show up in the testing if they're looking for it. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high blood pressure, amlodipine and blood tests?

Question: This question is unclear so that the best answer is to speak with your doctor who is caring for the high bp and who prescribed the amlodipine and ordered the blood tests and get your situation clarified. ...Read more

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What doctor should I see for high blood pressure? I am 22 and have never bothered to test this.

What doctor should I see for high blood pressure? I am 22 and have never bothered to test this.

Family doctor: All family doctors are trained to handle high blood pressure - see one who is convenient, in your network (if that applies), and who is recommended by your friends for being kind. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and my pulse has been high (130-135). I have had all kinds of tests done and no dr. Can tell me why this is happening.

I have high blood pressure and my pulse has been high (130-135). I have had all kinds of tests done and no dr. Can tell me why this is happening.

At home: You want to have a blood pressure and heart rate device at home. Check it once daily, record it and discuss with your doc. You may have afib - discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Am 27 I have I high blood pressure 15/11blood tests came clean its affecting my eyes which I checked also and nothin was wrong with it what to do plz?

Am 27 I have I high blood pressure 15/11blood tests came clean its affecting my eyes which I checked also and nothin was wrong with it what to do plz?

BP at your age: Is under the control of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system. Commonest cause of imbalance in this system is poor diet, particularly sugar and sweeteners. It induces vitamin b deficiency and that affects the mechanisms in brainstem and lower brain. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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


Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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