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What Happens To Pulse Pressure In 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more
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
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
My pulse pressure runs consistently low. 20-30 , sometimes even a little lower. I.E. 99/77 BPM 93 . Is this considered dangerous ? I feel ok.
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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
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?
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
Pp = Sbp - dbp: Pulse pressure = systolic BP - diastolic bp. ...Read more
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
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