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What happens to the heart if you have high blood pressure?

What happens to the heart if you have high blood pressure?

Thickens: High blood pressure over time results in response called hyper trophy. This affects the main pumping chamber, the left ventricle. The chronic pressure overload can also cause the left upper chamber to dilate which can lead to arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation. The end stage result can be heart failure. ...Read more

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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 to do if I have high blood pressure its been 20 years im on medication does it damage my heart?

What to do if I have high blood pressure its been 20 years im on medication does it damage my heart?

Controlled?: If your medications keep your blood pressure in normal range, you will be protected from the complications of high blood pressure on your heart: hypertrophy (thickening of the muscle), or heart failure (enlargement and weakening). If your already had thickening of your heart muscle, this is potentially reversible with excellent blood pressure control. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and on medication for 3 day now I feel my heart buzzing need help. Your advice would be a great help to me.

I have high blood pressure and on medication for 3 day now I feel my heart buzzing need help. Your advice would be a great help to me.

It is quite`: common for patients who are informed that their Blood Pressure is abnormal and requires medical treatment to become "heart conscious"...its just a bit of anxiety...and 3 days is too early to decide about the suitability of the medication your Health Provider prescribed! I assume you have a follow-up visit soon?? If not...schedule one..to be sure the medicine is working and its suitable for you! ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and ran out of my meds been out 5days, I have a horriable headahce and my heart is slammin hard and I have no dr. Now what?

I have high blood pressure and ran out of my meds been out 5days, I have a horriable headahce and my heart is slammin hard and I have no dr. Now what?

Get BP checked now!: If you have a way to check your BP at home, do it now. If not, see your doctor, an urgent care, or go to the emergency room now. Your BP may be seriously high, and putting you at a high risk of a stroke or heart attack. ...Read more

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Do i need to have high blood pressure to have a heart attack?

Do i need to have high blood pressure to have a heart attack?

No: High blood pressure is only one risk factor for heart attack. Others include smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, age, and family history of heart disease. It is such a common problem, there are some patients that have none of these risk factors, but still have heart attacks. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure problem and i take valsartan 40 every night since last year. Does it heart my body?

I have high blood pressure problem and i take valsartan 40 every night since last year. Does it heart my body?

No: The medicine has been well-studied in so many patients for many patient years and has been without problem in those who tolerate it. It is one of those that have proven to decrease LVH in those with hypertension and its type is used widely in patients with diabetes for kidney protection. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and I have high blood pressure. I'm working on it, but I keep worrying that I'm going to have a heart attack at any moment. Overreacting?

I'm 17 and I have high blood pressure.  I'm working on it, but I keep worrying that I'm going to have a heart attack at any moment. Overreacting?

Blood pressure: Yes and no. It is good to be concerned because high blood pressure can cause a lot of problems with your heart and blood vessels, but usually this takes many years if neglected. Also it may depend on how high the blood pressure is. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and my heart races fast i get scared. Do I have a eating disorder, what to do?

I have high blood pressure and my heart races fast i get scared. Do I have a eating disorder, what to do?

Possibly: The heart can race due to anxiety, panic attacks, dehydration, bulimia, anorexia, increased activity, heart disease, abnormal rhythm disorders, and more. See your doctor and discuss your need for help with your heart rate and your possible eating disorder. ...Read more

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I regularly have high blood pressure, usually acompanied with rapid heart beat. May I consume a little cofee or alcohol. Or better avoid it.?

I regularly have high blood pressure, usually acompanied with rapid heart beat. May I consume a little cofee or alcohol. Or better avoid it.?

Hypertension: You should not have high BP regularly. You should be able to control it well with medications. If it accompanied with rapid heart rate, your BP meds may have to be tweaked to include a beta blocker. Have it checked with your family doctor. ...Read more

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Why does it hurt to breathe in, I have high blood pressure am i getting a heart attack?

Why does it hurt to breathe in, I have high blood pressure am i getting a heart attack?

See your doctor: Heart attacks can be life-threatening. If you are not feeling well and having chest pain you should go to the emergency room or call an ambulance. If you feel like this all the time and nothing seems to be new or getting worse, you should probably call your doc and get checked out in the office. ...Read more

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If I have high blood pressure, will i get heart disease? My doctor told me I have pre-hypertension. I know i may develop high blood pressure, but does this mean i will develop heart disease too? .

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If I have high blood pressure, will i get heart disease? My doctor told me I have pre-hypertension. I know i may develop high blood pressure, but does this mean i will develop heart disease too?

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Increases the risk: Hypertension is one of the risk factors for development of heart disease and stroke. Since you are in the pre-hypertension stage right now, it is the time to get BP within normal range. The best way to lower BP is to exercise regularly, maintain low sodium diet, and keep body weight as close to ideal weight as possible. Normal bmi (body mass index) is 18.5-24.5 (there are calculators online). ...Read more

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I read that Zoloft (sertraline) causes qt prolongation. I have high blood pressure & possible heart disease (still being tested). Would Zoloft (sertraline) be safe?

I read that Zoloft (sertraline) causes qt prolongation. I have high blood pressure & possible heart disease (still being tested). Would Zoloft (sertraline) be safe?

Probably: Zoloft (sertraline) has been used to treat many depressed people who have heart disease. At usually prescribed doses, it does not prolong qt interval. The case reports of cardiac conduction delays have been related to overdose. Since you are concerned, you should ask your cardiologist about your ekg. ...Read more

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I had low testosterone senc 8 yeras im now 48 years old . I have high blood pressure i on maximum dose of androgel how to avoid heart attack..

I had low testosterone senc 8 yeras im now 48 years old . I have high blood pressure i on maximum dose of androgel how to avoid heart attack..

Heart attack: I have not seen many patients on testosterone for so long. Did you have testosterone injections before androgel? Regarding concern regarding heart attack, i doubt it is linked to testosterone. Start with your pcp and see a cardiologist if he/she recommends it. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure affect your heart?

How does high blood pressure affect your heart?

Requires both muscle: to work harder to drive blood forward & ?es valve leaflet loads to block reverse blood flow. Heart muscle requires more blood flow for more work (more susceptible to damage of artery Ds), muscle gets thicker/stronger but also stiffer (no longer allows blood return from veins at low pressure) over time. Both lead to ?ed heart attack rates, enlargement, congestive failure, atrial fibrillation, etc. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure be caused by?A heart condition?

Can high blood pressure be caused by?A heart condition?

No.: There is no primary cardiac condition that produces hypertension. Uncontrolled high blood pressure frequently causes heart disease however. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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


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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