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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atherosclerosis is also known as Blocked arteries. 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
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
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
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
My pulse rate is normal, but pulse pressure is high. PP is typically around 60 at rest and 70-80 when stressed or after walking. Is this a concen?
Need context: It's hard to determine for your situation. If your pulse rates are abnormal - it lacks clinical context . Fo you have symptoms at your resting rate? Are you on medications like a beta blocker that can affect your heart rate? Remember, we doctors avoid treating numbers- we treat the patient! Try adding more clinical details to your question. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is a normal pulse pressure range? Sometimes my range is 25-35 standing... Other times laying down its 45-65 ....Why is this?
Y r u measuring BP?: Both can be normal depending of level of rest and/or activity. Main question is why a healthy 25 yo is measuring it? If you are worried about your health: eat well and exercise regularly, if you are smoking: quit and if you are overweight, loose a few pounds. Do not waste time taking your pulse pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is a normal pulse pressure ? What is to narrow and what is to wide? Sometimes my pp is 25-35 and sometimes its 45-65. 25-35 standing and 45-65 llying down.
Widen pulse pressure (SBP - DBP) constantly 60 or 65, what cardio tests shall I go through in order to detect if there is any cardio disorder.
Forget "tests": You don't need any tests (yet, and maybe not at all). See a good doctor, share your medical history with them and any commplaints you might have about your heart. If your history suggests anything wrong, your doctor will know what to do. Numbers mean nothing outside of some context. ...Read more
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
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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