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What Is The Significance Of Hypertension And What Can Contribute To It
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
More impotantly...: While cholesterol deposition in the blood vessels may decrease their elasticity and theoretically worsen blood pressure, this is a theoretical and long term process. The important thing to remember is that both hypertension and high cholesterol increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Renin-Aldosterone: Entire medical books have been written on this mechanism of action. Basically when the kidney has a blockage in the arteries leading to it it perceives a low blood pressure. Since the kidney has the ability to release a chemical signal that tells the body to increase blood pressure it does just that. The problem is is that blood pressure is increased throughout the entire body, not just the kidney, and can have adverse effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Referred to nephrologist to see if kidneys
contributing to hypertension. He ordered blood tests, including ANA..why? What would it tell?
Very important!: Hypertension is major risk factor for stroke. It can also lead to kidney failure and congestive heart failure. Even severe hypertension may not cause any symptoms for years. Treatment is very effective but the challenge is to convince patients to take their medicines consistently to maintain good control and to visit their physicians to ensure that blood pressure remains at optimum levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No underlying cause: Primary hypertension, also called essential hypertension, means high blood pressure without a known underlying cause. It is diagnosed with two separate blood pressure readings above 140/90. Hypertension can cause damage to the heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes, so it should be treated appropriately by a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If pregnant, lots: If a woman has a history of hypertension in the past and the blood pressure suddenly increases, she needs evaluation by a specialist in hypertension and/or maternal-fetal medicine specialist. She might be developing superimposed preeclampsia which can worsen quickly placing the woman and baby at risk. Or she might not have that but may need medication change. Only expert evaluation can tell which. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: Everyone has transient hypertension and it's not a disease. Our normal physiology is to increase BP in response to stress, discomfort, excitement, activity, anger, fever, etc. The disease we call "hypertension" is diagnosed when resting BP (or "basal" bp) remains elevated for no reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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