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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. Mark Ingerman
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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 exactly does it mean to have low blood pressure?

What exactly does it mean to have low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Normal blood pressure is 100 to 120 over 80 to 90 mm of mercury, low blood pressure is anything below that range. Low blood pressure can be 'normal' for some people and abnormal for others. ...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 to have low blood pressure in pregnancy?

What does it mean to have low blood pressure in pregnancy?

Low pressure: A fit body has relaxed arteries resulting in lower, yet normal, blood pressure readings. Pregnancy may bring the blood pressure down another few points due to the presence of the placenta and the effects of Progesterone in your vasculature. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have low blood pressure ?

Symptoms: Low BP usually refers to a BP that is low enough to cause side effects: that will vary from person to person. Young women and children often have a BP of 90/60 which is normal and healthy. For some people, that's too low and they feel dizzy and faint. For most people, a BP of. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if I have low blood pressure?

What exactly does it mean if I have low blood pressure?

Problem if symptoms: Low blood pressure is not usually a clinical problem unless accompanied by symptoms like faintness, dizziness or impaired levels of consciousness. There are some hormonal and rare structural vascular problems that may cause abnormally low blood pressures. But, if no symptoms, i would not worry, especially since I have found lower blood pressures to be a marker of longevity. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have low blood pressure?

What exactly does it mean when you have low blood pressure?

Depends on symptoms: Low blood pressure in general is desirable. But, if you are having symptoms such as significant fatigue or low (or high) heart rate, it may be a sign of other condition such as a heart rhythm problem, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal gland problem, medication side effect, or dehydration. ...Read more

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What can it mean if I have low blood pressure?

What can it mean if I have low blood pressure?

Probably normal: It depends if you have symptoms or not, or if you are on medications to control elevated blood pressure, or if you have underlying cardiac conditions. For some underlying abnormal conditions: consider dehydration, heart failure, anemia, low thyroid, or low cortisol. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have very low blood pressure ?

What exactly does it mean to have very low blood pressure ?

Blood pressure: The blood pressure is what keeps the blood moving around the body. Too low and you have shock and death. Too high and you have increased chance of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone tells you that you have low blood? Not blood pressure but low blood.

What does it mean when someone tells you that you have low blood? Not blood pressure but low blood.

Anemia, possibly: When not referring to low blood pressure, "low blood" can refer to anemia, deficiency in the amount of hemoglobin in the bloodstream. Hemoglobin gives blood its color and carries oxygen.Symptoms of anemia can include fatigue. Causes of anemia include blood loss (periods, GI bleeding), bone marrow problems, inherited abnormalities, sequestration in the spleen, red blood cells bursting (hemolysis). ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low blood pressure but a high heart rate?

What does it mean when you have low blood pressure but a high heart rate?

Need evaluation: Elevation in heart rate can be a compensatory change in the setting of low blood pressures. Cause cannot be determined without knowning the actual readings and without a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means when you have severely high blood pressure and high white blood?

Please explain what it means when you have severely high blood pressure and high white blood?

Separate issues: It means (as you know) that your BP is elevated. The high white count usually suggests an infection unless it is very severely elevated (>20,000) which can indicate a hematologic issue. The 2 problems are not usually related unless you happen to have an infection in your kidney or brain. In either case, there would be lots of symptoms pointing in those directions. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have high blood pressure? Since blood pressure fluctuates all day, how is it correctly disgnosed?

What does it mean to have high blood pressure? Since blood pressure fluctuates all day, how is it correctly disgnosed?

PERSISTENTLY high.: You're right, blood pressure (BP) varies. But Hypertension is the condition characterized by PERSISTENTLY high BP. Screening is performed by recording BP> 140/90 mmHg after 5 min in a quiet dark room. (Pre-hypertension at 120/80). Normally, 5 min of rest will lower the BP to its lowest value. In hypertension, the BP is consistently elevated throughout the day. Ambulatory BP monitoring can confirm. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin and high platelet?

What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin and high platelet?

Iron deficiency Anem: Low hemoglobin may be from excessive blood loss guring menstruation or some other cause and high platlet may be mildly elevated and there is no problem with that consult your doctor or a hematologist, you may need iron therapy. ...Read more

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What dose it mean when you have good blood pressure?

What dose it mean when you have good blood pressure?

Healthiness: High blood pressure can put you at risk of heart disease and stroke, etc. Having a "good blood pressure" is a good thing and means as far as your cardiovascular risk, you are doing well. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have high hemoglobin levels in your blood?

It requires consulta: A consultation with a hematologist may be useful if you have high hemoglobin. There is a rare medical condition called polycythemia vera but it also has some changes in white cell counts. It requires a specialist to confirm the diagnosis as hemoglobin can be high due to several different reasons. These can be sorted out by visiting a hematologist. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a condition that occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. Newer recommendations state that greater than 130/80 should be considered high blood pressure. ...Read more