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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. Bernard Seif
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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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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