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Why is it that corticosteroids can increase blood pressure?

Why is it that corticosteroids can increase blood pressure?

Unknown: Know one really knows why steroids cause high blood pressure in some people however, this effect may be caused by interactions with a cellular protein called proliferation-activation receptor Alpha (ppar-alpha). Persons who take steroids can also develop diabetes, bone loss cararacts, glaucoms or multiple other side effects from long term medication use. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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How do I raise my blood pressure?

How do I raise my blood pressure?

Low blood pressure: No reason to do so unless passing out or dizziness associated with low blood pressure. If such symptoms, then increasing salt and fluid intake is the first treatment. ...Read more

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How can I raise my blood pressure?

How can I raise my blood pressure?

Salt: via eating salt or salt rich foods/drinks. There are also prescription meds you can obtain that achieve this same end. Ask your physician ...Read more

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How can I increase blood pressure?

How can I increase blood pressure?

Go see your doctor: 1st, go see your doctor to see if your blood pressure is really too low and needs to be raised. Then purchase a BP cuff so that you can monitor as you try to raise it. Finally, do something like drink plenty of fluids, especially if you're dehydrated - hypovolemia can cause low blood pressure. Lab work will also show if you're anemic or not. Finally, you doc can talk to you about salt & meds . . . ...Read more

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How can I increase my blood pressure?

How can I increase my blood pressure?

Diet and exercise: Diet and exercise are a good start a small amount of iodized salt on your food may help, be careful. See a dietetian. ...Read more

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How can I raise my blood pressure? Is there anything I can eat or do?

How can I raise my blood pressure? Is there anything I can eat or do?

BP: You can stay well hydrated, increase the salt in your diet and wear support hose. ...Read more

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I am 63 and havelow blood pressure. Do I have an increased chance of having a pace maker someday?

I am 63 and havelow blood pressure. Do I have an increased chance of having a pace maker someday?

No: Having low blood pressure, if anything, would have a protective effect against heart disease, and lessen your likelihood of needing a pacemaker. Pacemakers are only needed for low heart rates, not low blood pressures. ...Read more