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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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Is white coat high blood pressure dangerous?

Is white coat high blood pressure dangerous?

No: When a patient's BP is always elevated at the docs office but normal otherwise we call that white coat hypertension. Studies have shown if that's the only time it does that, no big deal. Many of these folks later move on to full time hypertension so it pays to be watchful. ...Read more

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Is a low pulse with high blood pressure dangerous for an elderly person?

Is a low pulse with high blood pressure dangerous for an elderly person?

Depends.: Low pulse rate associated with symptoms or below 50 without meds probably requires some investigation. The degree of BP elevation determines how "dangerous" it is. In elderly patients it is often reasonable to accept higher baseline bp's rather than to push medications. If I can get a BP down to 140/90 range without side effects in an 80 year old I am generally pleased. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me why high blood pressure can be dangerous to an individual?

Can you explain to me why high blood pressure can be dangerous to an individual?

The silent killer: Htn is the leading cause of strokes and end stage renal disease requiring dialysis. It is a leading cause of congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and heart attacks. The major reduction in the incidence of strokes since 1950 has been attributed to the more widespread use of effective anti-hypertensive drugs. Htn causes no symptoms for about 30 years when end organ damage begins to occur. ...Read more

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Is a blood pressure of 163/99 dangerous for someone who has high blood pressure? I'm alway told im border line

Is a blood pressure of 163/99 dangerous for someone who has high blood pressure? I'm alway told im border line

This: This is not borderline, this is high. You should be on medication. Follow up with your doctor to begin treatment and have blood tests and an ekg done if you have not done so already. Untreated hypertension can lead to a heart attack or stroke so make sure you see your doctor right away.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and I am on medication, is it normal for the blood pressure to spike while exercising, especially the bottom number?

I have high blood pressure and I am on medication, is it normal for the blood pressure to spike while exercising, especially the bottom number?

Yes: (You shouldn't measure your BP during exercise.) It's normal and healthy for it to rise with physical activity. High blood pressure is defined as an elevation at complete rest when fully relaxed. ...Read more

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My husband has high blood pressure at dr visits. Hbp runs in his fam. Dr never gives anything for it... If left untreated is this not dangerous?

My husband has high blood pressure at dr visits. Hbp runs in his fam. Dr never gives anything for it... If left untreated is this not dangerous?

Hypertension: White coat hypertension which appears only in the doctors office and not in the patient's life otherwise, does not appear to be problematic. We do check to be sure it doesn't turn into fixed hypertension but most often that isn't the case. ...Read more

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Heartbeats 129 a minute 48 year old male, with high blood pressure is that dangerous?

Heartbeats 129 a minute 48 year old male, with high blood pressure is that dangerous?

Yes, Be Concerned!: Untreated high blood pressure and high heart rate is also called the "silent killer' because it causes damage to the heart, kidneys & brain. Any unexplained left (or right) arm / shoulder / neck / jaw / chest discomfort should be evaluated asap, especially if heart & stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure are present. See a doctor asap (now). ...Read more

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Is high blood pressure and fast pulse from anxiety dangerous?

Is high blood pressure and fast pulse from anxiety dangerous?

ReasonIsNot theIssue: High blood pressure is a behavior ; the more chronic, the more the rate of cardiovascular events ; decline in kidney function ↑es. It does not matter if people "think" they know the basis or not; same behavior. The impact of increased heart rates is less clear, though some (minority) "believe" we may have some unclear limit on available heart beats. Best strategy, . Confront the bases of the fears! ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to only take the high blood pressure pills the ER prescribed to you once in while, when I can tell I need them?

Blood Pressure: Nope. To treat blood pressure you take a pill per day. You should inform your family physician these have been ordered for you and ask when they want to see you for follow up. Take your medication. ...Read more

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What number of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure?

What number of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure?

Exact number unknown: High blood pressure is the leading cause of all heart disease, but exactly how many heart attacks are caused solely by high blood pressure is unknown. There are approximately 1.5 million heart attacks in the United States yearly, and it is estimated that high blood pressure is a significant factor in more than half of them. ...Read more

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I've been eating natural black licorice candy daily for several months. Just read can be dangerous. I don't have high blood pressure. Should I worry?

I've been eating natural black licorice candy daily for several months. Just read can be dangerous. I don't have high blood pressure. Should I worry?

Probably ok: Not sure what danger there is to eating licorice other than danger of weight gain and diabetes. If you are eating in moderation, I wouldn't worry about it. Everyone should try to limit excess processed sugar in the diet. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last year the meds worked however I still have high blood pressure. Lately it has been getting worse and the bottom number is always over 100 before I take my meds and sometimes its really high like 169/121 what does t

I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last year the meds worked however I still have high blood pressure. Lately it has been getting worse and the bottom number is always over 100 before I take my meds and sometimes its really high like 169/121 what does t

Serious problem: The BP numbers are both used to diagnose hypertension. In general, the top number (systolic) is the one best correlated with outcomes;however the bottom one (diastolic) has been used as well. Regardless, that number being over 100 puts you at high risk of heart attacks and strokes. You need urgent care to bring it down, and likely more than one medicine in addition to thyroid treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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. Corey Clay
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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