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Dr. James Krick
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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


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Have shortness of breath and lightheaded. Blood work, 2 EKG and chest X-ray all normal. Cause? High blood pressure a possibility? On .25 of Xanax (alprazolam)

Anxiety: The xanax (alprazolam) suggests a doc gave it to you for anxiety or panic attacks. Getting online info without seeing the doc likely not a great idea for you. Suggest you see your doc or another so more stress isn't triggered. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is 39 he has shortness of breath, vomiting, insomnia, high blood pressure, and anxity. He has had this for almost a week?

My boyfriend is 39 he has shortness of breath, vomiting, insomnia, high blood pressure, and anxity. He has had this for almost a week?

Shouldn't he....: Be seeing a doctor for all this? Sounds like they may be looking for what is wrong with the ct and mri, but that's not clear. His symptoms may be anxiety-related, but physical causes must be ruled out. High BP on consistent readings not usually anxiety-related. He needs a medical w/u, get treated for the BP (and any other diagnosed condition); then maybe seeing a therapist would be helpful. ...Read more

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I'm 49 yrs old and for the pass two days been feeling light headed, shortness of breath and hot flashes. I also have high blood pressure.

I'm 49 yrs old and for the pass two days been feeling light headed, shortness of breath and hot flashes. I also have high blood pressure.

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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My mother is diabetic and has high blood pressure. She was recently diagnosed with vertigo but now has shortness of breath, who should she see now?

My mother is diabetic and has high blood pressure. She was recently diagnosed with vertigo but now has shortness of breath, who should she see now?

Primary care doctor: Any person with diabetes and high blood pressure who gets shortness of breath needs to talk with her primary care doctor to get evaluated to make sure she is not having a heart attack. The primary care doctor can refer the her to the E.R., a cardiologist, or pulmonologist, if help is needed in figuring out why she has shortness of breath. If unable to contact her own doctor, she can go to the E.R. ...Read more

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I feel short of breath, is this being caused by my high blood pressure?

I feel short of breath, is this being caused by my high blood pressure?

Many possibilities: It is impossible to know what is causing your shortness of breath without performing a detailed physical exam and complete medical history. Uncontrolled hypertension could lead to shortness of breath by a variety of mechanisms, but there are many causes of shortness of breath (asthma, infection, copd, etc.). See your health care provider if this symptom persists. ...Read more

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Can a spike in blood pressure cause shortness of breath?

Can a spike in blood pressure cause shortness of breath?

Yes, and vice versa: A spike in blood pressure can cause strain on the heart, and if there is existing vascular disease or a problem with the structure or function of the cardiac valves or muscles, this can lead to shortness of breath. On the other hand, anxiety often provokes the sensation of being short of breath, and can simultaneously induce a spike in blood pressure via adrenaline release. Best to see/talk2 a doc ...Read more

Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more