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Dr. William Singer
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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 food causes high blood pressure?

What food causes high blood pressure?

Many: A better answer is what foods can reverse high blood pressure. This includes the dash diet: fruits: 4-5 servings/day vegetables: 4-5 servings/day whole grains or fiber: 6-8 servings/day dairy (low fat): 2-3 serving/day meat (lean): 2 servings/day lower dietary sodium intake low fat (<6% of daily calories) low cholesterol intake (<150 mg/day) low sodium intake (<2.4 grams/day). ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure spikes?

What causes high blood pressure spikes?

Diet: Hbp rises due to eating a diet full of salt and water. People with hbp have difficulty excreting excess salt and water. If a person with hbp eats a diet filled with salt (hamburgers or steaks) and fluids (excessive coke or beer), then they will see a spike in their blood pressure because they can't get ride of this extra salt and fluid normally. Not taking your meds will lead BP spikes as well. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure in a young child?

What causes high blood pressure in a young child?

See your doctor: High blood pressure in b a young child can have several causes but are more likely to have a medical cause beyond just being overweight. Seeing a doctor to check for signs of kidney, thyroid or heart disease is important. Sometimes it is more a matter of the blood pressure having been checked incorrectly, so if you are getting high readings in a drugstore have your doctor re-check the pressure. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure?

What causes high blood pressure?

Stiffening of : The walls of the arteries. Hardening of the arteries, high levels of hormones such as aldosterone or adrenaline, blockages of the kidney arteries leading to increased renin are all potential reasons. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure?

What causes high blood pressure?

Hardening of arterie: Hardening of arteries, increased vascular tone/ resistance. Causes blood pressure to go up. Other associated feature hypercholesterolemia. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure?

What causes high blood pressure?

Genetics/lifestyle: More than 90% of HTN is essential (primary) in nature. This implies that it occurs on its own. The remaining 5-10% is secondary htn, which means another primary medical problem is driving the high BP (example renovascular, endocrine, catecholamine-induced, sleep apnea). Essential HTN usually based on increased vasoconstriction. This is made worse by obesity, salt/alcohol intake, sedentary, . ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes high blood pressure?

Can anyone tell me what causes high blood pressure?

Nobel prize: For 90%, the cause is unknown and called "essential hypertension." anyone who discovers the cause will receive the nobel prize! the other 10% is attributed to: all forms of renal disease, renal artery stenosis, adrenal tumors, coarctation of the aorta, cushing's disease, obstructive sleep apnea, pheochromocytoma, licorice, and artifactual measurements. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about what causes high blood pressure?

Can you tell me more about what causes high blood pressure?

Several things: Essential HTN is most common cause.This refers to basically a combination of family tendency an such things as weight gain, high salt intake. Smoking & alcohol contribute to high blood pressure, as can diabetes.Less common are secondary causes such as from renal disease, hyperaldosteronism, pheochromocytoma and so on. Basic evaluation should include labs, urinalysis and ecg.Rx w/diet, exercise, meds. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure in a young man in his 20's?

What causes high blood pressure in a young man in his 20's?

Genes,aldosterone,: From 15-35% of hypertension results from secondary causes (excess hormones, abnormal blood vessels). This is more likely to be the case in a young person, especially if no family history of high blood pressure. If your BP is verified as high, secondary causes should be evaluated, and if ruled out, treated with lifestyle changes and if necessary, medicines. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure or low blood pressure please b pascifec?

What causes high blood pressure or low blood pressure please b pascifec?

Blood pressure: High blood pressure is often idiopathic meaning we don't have a reason for it. Cardiovascular disease renal disease and some endocrine diseases can cause it. Pain anxiety and medications such as various stimulants can raise BP as well. Low BP can be idiopathic or caused by cardiovascular disease endocrine disease anemia and dehydration. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure after gallbladder removal?

Hypertension : And gallbladder removal itself are not related. If you are having pain from the surgery, that could make your BP go higher. Consult with your surgeon if it persists despite pain meds. ...Read more

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What causes high blood pressure (100-180), in a 62 years old woman, of weight=127 ibs?

What causes high blood pressure (100-180), in a 62 years old woman, of weight=127 ibs?

Genetics, arteries: Arteries stiffen with age but genes are a major factor. I know a black belt in tae kwon do who was a vegetarian, avoided salt, worked out all of the time--motivated by not wanting to have to take blood pressure pills--had to take them because his family was loaded with people with hypertension and he had the genes. ...Read more

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What is the cause of high blood pressure?

What is the cause of high blood pressure?

Genetics: 95% of all hypertension is genetically determined, with no reversibile cause. Less commonly, an adrenal tumor, call pheochromocytoma can cause high blood pressure, or a blockage in a kidney artery (renal artery stenosis). These are correctible. ...Read more

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What can be the causes of high blood pressure?

Mostly Genetics: The most common cause is called essential hypertension- 90% is of this type. This type is mostly from genetics. Some people are born with an inherent sensitivity to salt. So there is an environmental (diet, stress) component in some. Other causes include a narrowing of the arteries supplying the kidneys called renal artery stenosis. Other causes are hormonal, obesity/metabolic , or certain meds. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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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. Katharine Cox
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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