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What does it mean to have high blood pressure?

What does it mean to have high blood pressure?

Hypertension: Hi blood pressure is an elevation of the resistance of the blood vessels throughout the body. If the resistance increases, your heart and other organs have to work harder and thereby begin to negatively affect them over time if left untreated. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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 exactly does it mean to have high blood pressure?

What exactly does it mean to have high blood pressure?

Raises Risk: Htn is a silent killer which raises your risk of heart, brain and kidney disease especially when combined with smoking, diabetes and high ldl. Htn is defined as an average BP > 140/90 as measure in the office. Goals of treatment depend on your other issues but 130/80 is a good number. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have high blood pressure?

What does it mean if I have high blood pressure?

Your BP: Is greater then 140/90....See your physician to avoid long term complications. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have high blood pressure in your arms and low in your legs?

What does it mean when you have high blood pressure in your arms and low in your legs?

High blood pressure: Coarctation of the aorta which is a narrowing of the aorta can cause high blood pressure in the arms and low blood pressure in the legs. This should be evaluated by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have occasional high blood pressure and what can be done for it until you see a doctor?

What does it mean to have occasional high blood pressure and what can be done for it until you see a doctor?

Blood pressure: At times everyone has elevated blood pressure, this may be due to anxiety, stress, anger or even eating a big meal. You need to be treated for hypertension when the blood pressure is elevated for a long period of time. Before starting medicines you should try to do some lifestyle changes to help you lower your blood pressure, such as weight loss, exercise, stop smoking and change in diet. ...Read more

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Chest pain numbness in arm what does it mean i also have high blood pressure and am on blood pressure medication?

Chest pain numbness in arm what does it mean i also have high blood pressure and am on blood pressure medication?

Need more detail of : A lot of variants here. Site of the pain, what provoke itm. Radiation to where. In all , to to ed fort ekg, some blood test, like troponins, they will know. To er. Could be coronary. ...Read more

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If my BP went high as 170/117, could this mean i already have high blood pressure?

If my BP went high as 170/117, could this mean i already have high blood pressure?

Bp: It is suspicious for an elevated resistance. You should be checked periodically to see if it really is high. Salt avoidance is important and following with your dr. ...Read more

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I checked my blood pressure today and it was 133/95. Does that mean I have high blood pressure?

I checked my blood pressure today and it was 133/95.  Does that mean I have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure: A reading over 140/90 on 3 different occasions is considered high blood pressure. Normal is 120/70. Pressure like yours should be monitored. Try to get enough rest and avoid salt. Try not to drink too much caffeine or alcohol. Get checked by your doctor if the pressure stays up for a real diagnosis. ...Read more

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Blood pressure was 160/110 then took it again 5 minutes layer it was 130/90. Does this mean I have high blood pressure? Wasn't anxious or in pain.

Blood pressure was 160/110 then took it again 5 minutes layer it was 130/90. Does this mean I have high blood pressure? Wasn't anxious or in pain.

Likely not.: Hypertension formally requires repeated elevated measurements from being taken in a standard position. This is being seated with legs flat on the floor (uncrossed), waiting for at least 5 minutes, with an appropriately sized, properly calibrated cuff. If sporadically blood pressure measurements are elevated, would consider taking standard measurements as above randomly over a few weeks. ...Read more

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If someone has a temper does that mean they have high blood pressure?

If someone has a temper does that mean they have high blood pressure?

Not necessarily: It is true that when you are angry or having a strong emotional reaction your blood pressure may go up. However having a temper does not mean that you have hypertension. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure (top number) and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number). The systolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 or higher. ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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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