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What does hypertension attack in the body?

What does hypertension attack in the body?

Heart, brain, +more: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, causes damage to many organs in the body. It can damage the heart by causing a heart attack or heart failure. It can also attack the brain by causing stroke. It can damage the kidneys, leading to renal failure. Finally, it can damage the eyes and cause blindness. For this reason, anyone with hypertension should visit a doctor so it can be properly treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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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What happens to the body when you have hypertension?

What happens to the body when you have hypertension?

See below: Short term: nothing Long term: damage to the kidney, heart ,and brain. It's the leading cause of stroke and a major cause of congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, & heart attack. ...Read more

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In what part of the body does uncontrolled hypertension most likely cause ischemia and loss of function?

In what part of the body does uncontrolled hypertension most likely cause ischemia and loss of function?

Heart: Hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor for coronary heart disease (the leading cause of death in north america), stroke (the third leading cause), congestive heart failure, end-stage renal disease, and peripheral vascular disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible to 'cure' benign intercranial hypertension without medication and just reducing body weight?

Is it possible to 'cure' benign intercranial hypertension without medication and just reducing body weight?

Probably not: Make sure you have the diagnosis right first! You may need to take medications first to see your condition will respond. If not surgery will be the final option. Good luck! Please See this: http://www.ihrfoundation.org/intracranial/hypertension/info/C31/ ...Read more

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I have hypertension wearing light clothes in cool (cold) house and my face feels really hot. Only area affected is face. Cold cloth not helpful?

I have hypertension wearing light clothes in cool (cold) house and my face feels really hot. Only area affected is face. Cold cloth not helpful?

Fever?: Do you have a fever? Sometimes this can make your face feel flushed and hot. Also could be due to stress, medicine you are taking, or something in your diet. If it continues, see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can pulmonary hypertension disease affect your circulatory system?

How can pulmonary hypertension disease affect your circulatory system?

Effect....: Pulmonary hypertension means the right side of the heart needs to work harder to pump blood into the lung circulation due to the increased pressure. This, in turn, can lead to increased pressures in the peripheral circulation which eventually can lead to increased work of the left side of the heart. ...Read more

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Does a persons blood pressure rise when i with a common cold ?, have to wear 24 hour machine,suspected hypertension. Will readings be affected if ill?

Does a persons blood pressure rise when i with a common cold ?, have to wear 24 hour machine,suspected hypertension. Will readings be affected if ill?

Depends: Depends on what or if you are taking OTC cold meds that contain phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine which can increase your BP. If you are in pain as in having a bad headache or severe sore throat with your cold this could also theoretically increase your BP. Tell your doc if these things occurred while you were sick when he/she evaluates your 24-hr BP monitoring. Feel Better! ...Read more

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If at 67 my heart is ok so far, but have 5 years of hypertension, how to know what is the ubiquinol levels in my body so I can supplement correctly?

If at 67 my heart is ok so far, but have 5 years of hypertension, how to know what is the ubiquinol levels in my body so I can  supplement correctly?

Ubiquinol: The most common laboratory procedures used for diagnosis of CoQ10 deficiency are based on high-pressure liquid chromatography with ultraviolet (HPLC-UV) or electrochemical (HPLC-ED) detection systems. Other procedures, such as tandem-mass spectrometry, have been employed for tissue CoQ10 assessment. From:Mol Syndromol. Jul 2014; 5(3-4): 147–155. Delia Yubero,a Raquel Montero,a Rafael Artuch,a John M. Land,b Simon J.R. Heales,c and Iain P. Hargreavesb,* ...Read more

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Which medication controls or cures fifficult hypertension with the least amount of dangerous side effects to liver, kidneys,muscles...all body parts?

Which medication controls or cures fifficult hypertension with the least amount of dangerous side effects to liver, kidneys,muscles...all body parts?

Depends: There is no single medication that does everything. All BP meds lower BP about 10 points or so with individual differences. The best one for you depends on what other health issues you may have: kidney disease? Angina? Congestive heart failure? Diabetes? Prostate enlargement? There are different best BP meds for each. ...Read more

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Can echos show pulmonary hypertension if you don't have it just because your body is full with fluid? I have polydipsia & changing pulmonary pressures

Can echos show pulmonary hypertension if you don't have it just because your body is full with fluid? I have polydipsia & changing pulmonary pressures

Interesting question: Elevation of pulmonary pressures can result from volume overload, particularly when there is left heart failure. A normal right heart, however, can compensate for increased volume for a period, preventing increases in pressure. When persistent stresses lead to structural changes in the cells of the right heart, it cannot compensate further and increased pressure results and by echo indices of PHT ...Read more

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Is taking Clonidine alone prudent for nervous system hypertension? Should I ask doc about adding in Beta-blocker, alpha-1blocker?

Are you adding meds: or taking them away (pseudoephedrine)? Clonidine is a pre-synaptic alpha agonist that is used on occasion. I would be concerned about what might occur should you miss a dose (rebound hypertension that is worse than the baseline BP elevation you have prior to starting this additional medication). How would you do, I'm wondering, on no medication (ask your doctor about trying with close monitoring) ...Read more

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Pulse 115 & up (h.R. Watch), b.P. Typically 147/96 on hypertension meds for 2 yrs & 2 meds, temp 99.4-100.8 daily, increased pressure in head, body pain. Blood tests & scans normal. Doc out of ideas.

Pulse 115 & up (h.R. Watch), b.P. Typically 147/96 on hypertension meds for 2 yrs & 2 meds, temp 99.4-100.8 daily, increased pressure in head, body pain. Blood tests & scans normal. Doc out of ideas.

Need further work up: Given your young age (24) and poorly controlled hypertension on two meds you should get evaluated in a tertiary care center by hypertension specialist. Need thorough assessment of all medical problems that could contribute to high BP causing secondary htn. These may include an abnormality in the hormones that control blood pressure, or a narrowing in the renal (kidney) arteries. ...Read more

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My Intracranial Hypertension symptoms are coming back strong with stabbing pains in my head & ears. Left side of my body tingles/burns/hurts at night.

My Intracranial Hypertension symptoms are coming back strong with stabbing pains in my head & ears. Left side of my body tingles/burns/hurts at night.

ICH: Please go to the ER this AM STAT , as you need a CT scan and treatment . They can either do LP, start meds (diamox- but if it is recurring that likely will not work) or place a shunt. But go to ER now ...Read more