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What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Mostly none but....: In most cases no symptoms and this is a problem because it can lurk up on you and cause heart and kidney disease as well as stroke. Some people may feel flushed, dizzy, pounding sensation in head and headache. Severe high blood pressure can also cause chest pain, shortness of breath, blurring of vision and confusion. ...Read more

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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Generally none: In most cases, you cannot feel your elevated BP even though anecdotally, people think they do. In a hypertensive crisis (bp ranging around >200/>110, more likely >240/>120), one may have confusion (encephalopathy), shortness of breath (heart failure) or chest discomfort (angina). Acute renal failure, which you can't feel, also occurs. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of high and low blood pressure?

What are the consequences of high and low blood pressure?

High vs low: Long term high BP will lead to heart disease, increases risk of kidney disease, stroke/heart attacks, atherslerosis etc...Lower than average BP may not cause any problem at all as long as you are not having symptoms such as dizziness/passing out, short-of-breath etc...For an adult, BP of less than 90 is likely to cause some symptoms above. If u r concerned, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low blood pressure and bradycardia?

What are the causes of low blood pressure and bradycardia?

Vagal nerve overstim: Most causes of hypotn and low heart rate come from overstimulation of the vagus nerve . This causes slow heart rates and vasodilation with drop in blood pressure . Pts feel sweaty nauseated and have bluured vision. If they dont lie down they may pass out. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of high blood pressure?

What are symptoms of high blood pressure?

May be nothing until: For many years, hypertension is unknown as a silent killer..Because it typically does not have easily recognizable symptoms until late..Such as severe headaches, strokes, heart attacks etc..Chronic hypertension is known to cause atherosclerosis, increases risk of heart attacks/strokes etc..Thus recommended to be treated adequately. So, don't wait for symptoms. Consult your doc early. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

Suspect hyperaldo: High blood pressure with low blood potassium levels brings the potential diagnosis of elevated aldosterone level (hyperaldosteronism) as a possibility. There may be other reasons- for example if you are taking a BP medication that may cause low potassium levels but your BP is still elevated. This finding requires a proper medical evaluation and lab analysis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic high blood pressure?

What are the symptoms of chronic high blood pressure?

May be none: Uncomplicated high blood pressure is often asymptomatic. There may be vague symptoms of headache and if the blood pressure becomes too high, changes in mental status. Most of the symptoms arise from the complications, e.g., heart failure, myocardial infarction, renal failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease etc. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of low blood pressure?

What are the main symptoms of low blood pressure?

Hypotension: Weakness, dizziness, syncope, tachycardia. Severe hypotension may result in mental status changes, coma or even death. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of high blood pressure?

What are some of the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Usually none: Usually elevated blood pressure does not have any symptoms. In severe cases, it can cause headache, chest pain, or dizziness. ...Read more

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What are the signs of high blood pressure?

What are the signs of high blood pressure?

Silent killer: We call high blood pressure a silent killer because often times there are no symptoms. We need to monitor actual readings. If its dangerously high you can get many different symptoms, too long to list. ...Read more

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What are the effects of high blood pressure?

What are the effects of high blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Hypertension is when the blood pressure exceeds 140/90 mmhg for a significant part of the day. If untreated, these people have an increased incidence of atherosclerotic disease, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. ...Read more

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What physical symptoms of high blood pressure and diabetics are there?

What physical symptoms of high blood pressure and diabetics are there?

See below: High BP usually no symptoms. If BP is very high then you may have headaches or blurry vision. High BP can cause strokes and heart attacks. Diabetes can also be asymptomatic. Early symptoms include increased thirst, increased urination, and fatigue. Possibly weight loss. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of low blood?

What are the symptoms of low blood?

Many: If by low blood you are referring to anemia, symptoms may include feeling tired or cold. You may notice that your nailbeds and insides of eye lids appear pale. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a low blood sugar?

What are the symptoms of a low blood sugar?

Low blood sugar: Symptoms are, tremors, sweating, anxiety, tachycardia, mental status chanes, coma and rarely death. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of low blood pressure?

How low?: It's normal for healthy 30 year olds to have "low bp" and this is actually a sign of above average health. For instance, 80/60 if you're feeling fine and otherwise healthy would be very good. But if your normal BP is 140/80, you become ill, and your BP drops to 80/60, it's quite serious! so, it's relative. There are limits: i've never seen a healthy adult with a BP of <80 systolic (top number). ...Read more

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What are the consequences of high and low blood pressure?

High vs low: Long term high BP will lead to heart disease, increases risk of kidney disease, stroke/heart attacks, atherslerosis etc...Lower than average BP may not cause any problem at all as long as you are not having symptoms such as dizziness/passing out, short-of-breath etc...For an adult, BP of less than 90 is likely to cause some symptoms above. If u r concerned, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 67 and my blood pressure is 140/60, have I got high and low blood pressure?

Diet, Exercise, PCP: Low-salt diet, regular exercise and weight loss of 7% of your total body weight if you are overweight can help control your blood pressure. Current blood pressure is borderline normal and is not a reason to worry. But blood pressure does change and keeping a blood pressure diary to present to your doctor can be helpful to your PCP to see if you need any medications. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and experience chronic widespread joint paint and get very dizzy and lightheaded often. I have a history of high and low blood pressure?

Go to MD: At 16 you have many symptoms. There are some calle growing pains as the bones and tissues grow but the diffuse nature of your problem and other systemic manifestations warrant better evaluations and tests especially for rheumatologic problems. ...Read more

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What's worse low blood pressure or high?

What's worse low blood pressure or high?

High: High blood pressure is worse. Low blood pressure in its common form (not including pots) causes dizziness when standing from a lying or sitting position. While low blood pressure can be very annoying it rarely leads to the multiple issues that high blood pressure can. For instance chronic high blood pressure thickens your heart muscle and predisposes you to having a heart attack. ...Read more

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What's a hi and low blood pressure rate that would cause cern. Meaning how high how low can too # be. How low can bottom # be?

Talk to your doctor: The normal blood pressure can be in the range of 110-130 systolic (top number) with the diastolic number (bottom #) ranging from 60-75. However, depending on your age and other medical conditions it can range higher or lower. High blood pressure can cause several medical emergencies, as well as low blood pressure resulting in dizziness or lightheadedness. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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How come I have low blood pressure but a high pulse?

How come I have low blood pressure but a high pulse?

Family practice: When your blood pressure is low, less blood flow is pumped out from the heart. Your heart rate increases to compensate to keep normal oxygen and nutrient levels to the brain and rest of the body. ...Read more

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What is high blood pressure and what is low blood pressure?

Some people tolerate: "higher" #'s & others "lower" #'s. I've always thought normal was about 90-110/60-70.. Major organizations use different #'s, go to american heart association to see what they say (which i disagree with). www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure or low blood pressure please b pascifec?

What causes high blood pressure or low blood pressure please b pascifec?

Blood pressure: High blood pressure is often idiopathic meaning we don't have a reason for it. Cardiovascular disease renal disease and some endocrine diseases can cause it. Pain anxiety and medications such as various stimulants can raise BP as well. Low BP can be idiopathic or caused by cardiovascular disease endocrine disease anemia and dehydration. ...Read more

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What is considered a high blood pressure and what is considered a low blood pressure?

What is considered a high blood pressure and what is considered a low blood pressure?

There is a range: Generally the diastolic (lower number) must be over 90 to consider it hypertension. The range for the upper number (systolic) is broader but is a problem when over 130. The low end is about 50 diastolic but tolerance for this varies. ...Read more

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What is considered low blood pressure and what would be considered high blood pressure?

What is considered low blood pressure and what would be considered high blood pressure?

Relative: Low blood pressure would, i suppose, be defined by most of us as a mean pressure < 50-60mmhg (big number + 2*small number / 3 is a rough estimate) but the clinical answer is that unless you're symptomatic (dizzy, lightheaded, passing out) almost any BP is ok. High is any systolic number that is usually > 140 or bottom usually > 90. ...Read more

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Is passing out due to high or low blood pressure?

Is passing out due to high or low blood pressure?

Syncope/Collapse: Clinical terms for passing out. More common reason related to blood pressure would be low blood pressure though in rare situations, very high blood pressure might cause someone to lose consciousness. The preceding symptoms would likely be different. Typical low blood pressure, if systems working: faint lightheaded feeling, rapid heart rate, and sweating are common. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why high or low blood pressure is bad?

Blood pressure: Too high pressure causes heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Too low pressure can cause these and other problems. Something like an electric device, too much current it burns out, too little current it doesn't work. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm 67 and my blood pressure is 140/60, have i got high or low blood pressure?

What to do if i'm 67 and my blood pressure is 140/60, have i got high or low blood pressure?

Wide pulse pressure: Assuming your BP measuring device works properly and this is an accurate reading, you have wide pulse pressure. There are several causes for this including stiffening of your aorta and large vessels due to arteriosclerosis, aortic valve dysfunction, medication effect (to name a few). Ask your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I have always had very low blood pressure. The last month it has been normal to slightly elevated am I suddenly getting high bp and what could cause?

I have always had very low blood pressure. The last month it has been normal to slightly elevated am I suddenly getting high bp and what could cause?

Unlikely: blood pressure is very dynamic and changes second to second depending on activity and a host of other factors. Unlikely you are suddenly developing high blood pressure. If you are concerned, you can see your doctor for evaluation. They may ask you to do Home blood pressure monitoring which can provide helpful information. Hope this was helpful.Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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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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Abnormal Blood Pressure (Definition)

Abnormal blood pressure is a symptom in which a person's blood pressure is much higher or much lower than it should be for his age and body size. If either the systolic (upper number) pressure or the diastolic (lower number) pressure is not in the normal range, then the ...Read more