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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

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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 happens to your blood pressure when you have atherosclerosis?

What happens to your blood pressure when you have atherosclerosis?

Risk factor: Along with smoking, hypercholesterolemia and diabetes hypertension is a significant risk factor for atherosclerosis. Your goal should be to decrease your risk factors as much as possible to decrease the complications of atherosclerosis. ...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 you have "low blood pressure"?

What will happen if you have "low blood pressure"?

You can faint: If your blood pressure drops too low, you can faint. But if your blood pressure is normally on the low end and you have no symptoms, it's actually a good thing. "low" is a relative term and we can't comment further without knowing the exact reading. ...Read more

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How can you determine if your blood pressure is high or low when checked and if your heart rate is normal?

How can you determine if your blood pressure is high or low when checked and if  your heart rate is normal?

Need to know normal: Goal for most patients is to have top blood pressure below 140 (under 135 for diabetics) and bottom pressure under 90 (under 85 for diabetics). It is not unusual to have an occasional blood pressure reading be above this. Goal pulse is 60-100, although not unusual to be in 50's. Medication is presribed to treat the general trend of bp's. ...Read more

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Given that if you exercise your blood pressure eventually goes down if you have a high blood pressure, but why?

Given that if you exercise your blood pressure eventually goes down if you have a high blood pressure, but why?

Not exactlly: Shortly after exercise, BP falls as you cool down. This is because your blood vessels dilated with exercise as you open vascular beds in your muscles and your total peripheral resistance falls. This is a short term effect and has no long term benefit for controlling hbp ...Read more

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What to do if heart rate and blood pressure high?

What to do if heart rate and blood pressure high?

Evaluation: Consistently elevated BP and HR should be evaluated with a thorough history and physical, ECG and likely other laboratory tests. I suggest you make and appointment with a good primary care physician for an initial evaluation and work up. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is blood pressure and what are the risks if you have high blood pressure?

How do I know exactly what is blood pressure and what are the risks if you have high blood pressure?

Blood Pressure: The heart pumps blood through the arteries of the body to the muscles and various organs. Blood pressure refers to the pressure inside the arteries of the body. Each heart beat pushes the blood forward under pressure. The forcefulness of the heart beat and the degree of artery constriction / relaxation determines the blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack. ...Read more

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What to do if i read that hypertension/high blood pressure can be a cause of bradycardia. Why is that?

What to do if i read that hypertension/high blood pressure can be a cause of bradycardia. Why is that?

Several Reasons: Hypertension (HTN) can resulting in ischemia and abnormality of the conduction system of the heart which may slow heart rate. After a head injury HTN and a slow heart rate are signs that there may be increase in brain pressure. There is also a phenomena where correcting a slow heart rate might resolve HTN see link below http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/7457024. ...Read more

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I read that when you are exercising your systolic blood pressure can rise to 220. Why is this not a hypertensive crisis?

I read that when you are exercising your systolic blood pressure can rise to 220. Why is this not a hypertensive crisis?

Definitions...: Definition: "a hypertensive emergency (formerly called "malignant hypertension") is hypertension (high blood pressure) with acute impairment of one or more organ systems (especially the central nervous system, cardiovascular system and/or the renal system) that can result in irreversible organ damage" clearly not the case when you exercise which is a normal reflex response to the exercising... ...Read more

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For what reasons might the heart rate drop and BP increase when you have pancreatitis?

For what reasons might the heart rate drop and BP increase when you have pancreatitis?

Not always : Depend on how severe is the pancreatitis. Mild to moderate inflammation associated with pain will increase hr and BP too. During severe attack of pancreatitis a systemic inflammatory response occur, causing a hyperdynamic response in your body. That will decrease your BP and increase your hr and increase your cardiac output. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high blood pressure in athletes!?

What to do if I have high blood pressure in athletes!?

HTN/Athletes: This would be unusual as exercise is used to decrease blood pressure long term. I would look for a cause for this issue by seeing your primary provider ...Read more

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What can be the cause of high blood pressure when you have a normal heart echo and stress test any suggestions what to look for?

What can be the cause of high blood pressure when you have a normal heart echo and stress test any suggestions what to look for?

Genetics and diet: Essential hypertension is probably genetic, but too much sodium in your diet, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol intake can all add to difficulty controlling blood pressure. One other cause is obstructive sleep apnea. Resistent hypertension can often be linked to untreated sleep apnea. ...Read more

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If you have pressure on your temple, does that mean high blood pressure?

If you have pressure on your temple, does that mean high blood pressure?

No : You can't feel your BP and it doesn't cause symptoms unless very severely and dangerously elevated. You have pressure on your temple.(and that's all!) it's possible that you also have high blood pressure, but you'll have to measure it to find out. ...Read more

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What can you eat if you have gout & high blood pressure?

What can you eat if you have gout & high blood pressure?

A lot: With high blood pressure, you want to watch your salt with food. With gout, you want to watch foods that can cause increased uric acid- beef and pork (especially the organ meats and the highly processed, such as sausages), yellow cheeses and beer. So look to dairy, vegetables and fruit. And look for leaner white meat such as chicken, turkey and fish. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have high blood pressure?

See a doctor: Have your blood pressure checked during an office visit with your physician. Importantly, you should be sitting quietly for 5 minutes prior to having your blood pressure checked. Also, if your blood pressure is high, it should be rechecked at a later date. One blood pressure reading that is high (140/90 or greater) is generally not enough to diagnose a person with high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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. James Lin
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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