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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. Tanya Russo
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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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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure (top number) and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number). The systolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 or higher. ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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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