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What happens to the pulse pressure when someone has atherosclerosis?

What happens to the pulse pressure when someone has atherosclerosis?

See below: The pulse pressure is the systolic pressure minus the diastolic pressure. It often rises with aging. The problem is usually high systolic pressure which reflects decreased compliance and stiffening of the blood vessels (hardening of the arteries). This represents a risk for stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure. The risk can be decreased by lowering the blood pressure carefully. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more


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Please help! what happens to your pulse pressure when you have atherosclerosis?

Please help! what happens to your pulse pressure when you have atherosclerosis?

It goes up: Pulse pressure is the difference between systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) in the blood pressure. So if blood pressure is 120/80 the pulse pressure is 40. As arteries of the body get stiffer during aging, due to atherosclerosis, the pulse pressure increases, for example a pressure of 140/50 which has a pulse pressure of 90 mmhg. Keep cholesterol, diabetes controlled, don't smoke! ...Read more

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What happens to your pulse and pressure when you have atherosclerosis?

What happens to your pulse and pressure when you have atherosclerosis?

Wide pulse pressure: Note, i said pulse pressure, the difference between the systolic (top, heart contracting) and diastolic (bottom, heart relaxed, in between beats) pressure. However, widened pulse pressure is a very late sign, after atherosclerosis (dominant behavior) is extensive, body-wide and advanced. It also occurs due to aortic valve leaks (not so common) and/or aortic-venous malformations (rare). ...Read more

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What will happen if pulse pressure is reduced to 20?

What will happen if pulse pressure is reduced to 20?

It depends: As in what the cause of a low/narrow pulse pressure is. Extremely low pulse pressures like you mention can be related to congestive heart failure, shock, aortic stenosis(narrow of the major outlet valve of the heart) or other things like fluid around the heart affecting how the heart pumps(cardiac tamponade). In the end, this can lead to poor blood flow of the organ systems of the body. ...Read more

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I am bed ridden with CFS. My pulse pressure is often high. e.g. 125/60, 135/65, or something like 155/80 when I move too much. Should I be concerned?

I am bed ridden with CFS. My pulse pressure is often high. e.g. 125/60, 135/65, or something like 155/80 when I move too much. Should I be concerned?

NO: These blood pressures are not serious. The chronic fatigue is not going to be affected by this and your health is not in danger or need not be worried for this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are risks of pulse pressure in excess of 120?

What are risks of pulse pressure in excess of 120?

Same as elevated BP: Widened pulse pressure is a marker of cardiovascular mortality. Must be evaluated in context of other "blood pressures" systolic, diastolic and mean bp. Must figure personal characteristics such as height and known atherosclerotic stiffness. If pulse pressure is 120 you must have HTN and this should be treated down to goal. Once that is done your pulse pressure may not be elevated at all. ...Read more

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How do pulse pressure and blood pressure differ?

How do pulse pressure and blood pressure differ?

Blood pressure: Blood pressure has systolic and diastolic components. The higher number is the systolic when the heart squeezes, the smaller number is the diastolic when heart relaxes. The difference between systolic and diastolic pressures is the pulse pressure. ...Read more

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What's the different between pulse pressure and blood pressure?

What's the different between pulse pressure and blood pressure?

Pp = Sbp - dbp: Pulse pressure = systolic BP - diastolic bp. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more