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What Can High Blood Pressure Lead To
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
Yes: Even mild hypertension (HTN) sustained over yrs is associated w/ greater cognitive impairment in later life. To mds, "uncontrolled" means really high bp. It's called an urgency when not controlling it within 24 hr will lead to permanent injury (or death), and an emergency when ditto within 1 hr. "htnsive encephalopathy" is assoc w/ headaches, confusion, seizures, head bleeds, strokes and death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks. If you have it, take steps to keep it under control with health diet, regular exercise, weight loss if needed, limited alcohol consumption, avoidance of tobacco and medications if needed. You should also find out what other risk factors for heart attack or stroke you have and address them as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The following cause or are associated with High blood pressure:: Acromegaly, Acute intermittent porphyria, Alcohol withdrawal syndrome, Alport syndrome, Amphetamine abuse, Amphetamine overdose, Berger's disease, Chronic pyelonephritis, Cocaine abuse, Cocaine overdose, Cryoglobulinemia, Cushing syndrome, Essential hypertension, Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, Glomerulonephritis, Hellp syndrome, Lead poisoning, Membranous nephropathy, Metabolic syndrome, Molar pregnancy, Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes, Obesity in adults, Obesity in children, Opioid abuse, Pheochromocytoma, Polycystic kidney disease, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Primary aldosteronism, Takayasu arteritis, Wilms tumor, Obesity, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Von Recklinghausen's disease, Acute kidney failure, Alcoholism, Diabetic kidney disease, Delirium tremens, Non ST elevation myocardial infarction, Atrioventricular block, Gestational hypertension, Hypertensive emergency, Kidney failure, Preeclampsia, Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, Williams syndrome, Porphyria. ...Read more
Sleep and BP: There is some data that suggest that sleep deprivation can raise blood pressure. When we don't sleep enough, our bodies tend to have overactive fight or flight activity. This can theoretically raise blood pressure. Some sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea is shown to affect blood pressure not only by stopping breathing but by the fragmentation of sleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Before taking high blood pressure meds i had a hard time getting an erection. Hb lead to chf. Bp well under control now and erections has somewhat imp
Damages Arteries: High blood pressure damages arteries, leading to atherosclerosis. This leads over many years to gradual blockage of arteries and eventually to heart attack (death of heart muscle from lack of blood), angina, and stroke. High blood pressure also damages the kidneys and heart muscle and can lead to CHF and kidney failure. It also increases risk of dementia. Treatment is safe and effective. ...Read more
Not likely: Unless the pressure is staggeringly high, there is usually no effect on the vision. Wavy vision should be investigated by your ophthalmologist especially if it is of recent onset. Blood pressure does need control for other reasons (heart, brain) but not for alterations in eye vision. ...Read more
Yes but....: Difficult to make a definitive judgement since hypertension is caused by a large variety of factors. In most individuals, high blood pressure is idiopathic meaning that there is no defined cause. In about 7% of patients, high blood pressure can be controlled with diet and exercise. However, hypertension is often progressive and so at some point, medications may be necessary. ...Read more
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
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more
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