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Will our high blood pressure be passed down to the child?

Will our high blood pressure be passed down to the child?

Yes: A child can inherit the predisposition for high blood pressure, but the environment can help decrease the incidence of it showing up. Help your child to eat healthy to maintain normal weight and to decrease salt intake. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Supposing that a persons blood sugar goes so low that it causes them to pass out and remain unconcious can that affect their memory permanently ?

Supposing that a persons blood sugar goes so low that it causes them to pass out and remain unconcious can that affect their memory permanently ?

Hypoglycemia : Severe hypoglycemia (too low blood sugar) that causes loss of consciousness is also called Insulin shock. It is a very serious situation and in some situations can cause permanent damage to the brain. It is important to understand what caused the episode and take measures to avoid future hypoglycemic episodes. ...Read more

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Can the baby die due to high blood sugar?

Can the baby die due to high blood sugar?

If high enough- DKA: Diabetes in babies is very unusual. It isn't easy to diagnose because babies wet diapers a lot and they can't explain that they don't feel well. It's usually when they're quite ill, with diabetic ketoacidosis that the diagnosis is made. The treatment can be dangerous when giving IV fluid/insulin if not closely monitored. A pediatric endocrinologist has to care for these babies. ...Read more

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If a person's blood sugar is really high and they go into a coma. Doctors would try to bring the blood sugar down, correct?

If a person's blood sugar is really high and they go into a coma. Doctors would try to bring the blood sugar down, correct?

Yes. Slowly. : Yes but it needs to be done slowly and carefully to prevent brain swelling. It is not all about the blood sugar or glucose. The sodium and other electrolytes are very important. It's a very delicate process that must be carefully monitored. And each patient is different. Adults are treated different than children and children must be even more carefully corrected. ...Read more

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How low can blood sugar drop and not be fatal. Can your level drop into the 20's or teens and you still survive.

How low can blood sugar drop and not be fatal. Can your level drop into the 20's or teens and you still survive.

Briefly : The brain has an absolute need for glucose as fuel & a transient drop in blood sugar is similar to a transient loss of oxygen. A brief drop to quite low levels can be compatible with survival but the longer it is down the more likely you are to have brain injury. There are other variables, newborns & children are more tolerant to a drop ( i've seen 5mg%) than an older child or adult. ...Read more

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My mother in law has had episodes during the night where her blood sugar levels drop dramatically.What can we use to elevate her sugars back to normal?

Hypoglycemia: First off, there must be a reason found for hypoglycemia. I understand your mother-in-law is not diabetic based on the med list provided. So, if she is truly hypoglycemic, she will need to have that worked up to find the cause. Until then, a rich calorie meal before bedtime should help her maintain more or less adequate level. ...Read more

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If someone stands and their blood pressure drops due to dysdysautonomia. Do the blood vessels in the brain constrict?

If someone stands and their blood pressure drops due to dysdysautonomia. Do the blood vessels in the brain constrict?

Difficult to know: In a dysautonomic person where there are swings of blood pressure upon changes in body position it is impossible to know which blood vessels in the body may be constricting vs. Dilating. If a person stands whose BP suddenly drops and they become dizzy this usually is a sign that not enough blood is flowing to the brain. Some vessel constriction in the brain may happen as a compensation. ...Read more

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Can breast feeding by a hypertensive mother cause anything related to high blood pressure in the baby?

Can breast feeding by a hypertensive mother cause anything related to high blood pressure in the baby?

No: The breast milk does not pass along anything that would trigger elevated blood pressure in the baby. The babies system operates independently from mom. ...Read more

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How come a link said eating a high protein diet can lower the RISK of high blood pressure by 40%, instead of saying it would lower the blood pressure?

How come a link said eating a high protein diet can lower the RISK of high blood pressure by 40%, instead of saying it would lower the blood pressure?

Lowering the risk: of any disorder is preventive in nature. If you already have high blood pressure then you can be treated for it. If we have a healthy lifestyle it can help us lower the risk of many things. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If someone has blood pressure of 80/60 what medicine would they take to raise it back up to the normal pressure?

If someone has blood pressure of 80/60 what medicine would they take to raise it back up to the normal pressure?

Depends.: This may be normal for some people. It depends on whether symptoms of low blood pressure occur: dizziness, weakness, fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heart beats,etc. Be sure that there are no problems that can cause this, like anemia, dehydration, heart disease. If any serious symptoms, like those mentioned above, then a low BP is an urgent matter and needs immediate exam. ...Read more

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How does being overweight lead to high blood pressure? I.e. How does the weight lead to the blood flowing at a faster pace?

How does being overweight lead to high blood pressure? I.e. How does the weight lead to the blood flowing at a faster pace?

More pressure: High blood pressure relates to higher pressure of blood, not faster pace. Being overweight causes more constriction of blood vessels, resulting in the heart needing to pump stronger to move the blood through. It is similar to blowing air through a smaller straw (it takes more pressure to move the air through) ...Read more

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What is the best way to live a healthy life (Age 50) after having two stents put into your arteries leading to your heart with high blood pressure?

What is the best way to live a healthy life (Age 50) after having two stents put into your arteries leading to your heart with high blood pressure?

A healthy lifestyle: Living a healthy lifestyle. Exercise -approved by your cardiologist, is important-walking daily does wonders! Monitoring your diet is important:low salt,low cholesterol, high fiber - plenty of fruits and vegetables.Taking medications prescribed by the doctor as prescribed. Weight loss if needed. Decrease stress-and increase laughter/fun/enjoyment in life-in whatever way works for you. ...Read more

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Went to the ER with fast pulse low blood pressure . Was their CBC test sufficient enough to rule our sepsis?

Went to the ER with fast pulse low blood pressure . Was their CBC test sufficient enough to rule our sepsis?

InfectDoesn't=sepsis: Sepsis is at the severe end in a broad range of infection sequelae. A CBC can be quite telling when we are looking for infection, but the physical exam is just as if not more important when looking at a septic patient. They didn't rule-out the diagnosis just based on the CBC, they used it as an added piece of information...another piece in the puzzle to explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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We all already know that the sympathetic system has a role in increase the blood pressure .. But when can the sympathetic help in decrease it ?

We all already know that the sympathetic system has a role in increase the blood pressure .. But when can the sympathetic help in decrease it ?

Does not : Can you slow your car down by stepping on gas pedal? Same way there is no way to decrease BP by stimulating sympathetic nerve. We can normalize by using sympathetic stimulation if a patient has low blood pressure (such as shock) ...Read more

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Hello, if a person has a Pulmonary Stress Test and their O2 levels stay ok but their blood pressure goes sky high, especially the bottom number, what could be the reasons? The bottom number was >160. Person usually has low blood pressure, any guesses

Hello, if a person has a Pulmonary Stress Test and their O2 levels stay ok but their blood pressure goes sky high, especially the bottom number, what could be the reasons? The bottom number was >160. Person usually has low blood pressure, any guesses

A "Pulmonary Stress: Test" is ALSO a CARDIAC stress test and elevated systolic (top figure) is NORMAL HOWEVER an elevated DIASTOLIC pressure is NOT normal and may reflect incipient ("early") Hypertensive cardiovascular Disease(HCVD) Speak with the physician who ordered your test as to what the next steps may be....certainly examination by a CARDIOLOGIST may be wise! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure make you pass out?

Can high blood pressure make you pass out?

generally no: You can never say "never" but to pass out (become comatose), you would have to have a true severe hypertensive crisis - we're talking > 240/>140 as a ballpark estimate. ...Read more

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How can you get high blood pressure down in pregnancy?

How can you get high blood pressure down in pregnancy?

Treat it: There are a number of medications that can be used for hypertension.Some are potentially harmful to baby, some less so.Treatment is based on many factors by your treating doc. Sometimes an early delivery must be planned to reduce damage to mom.Delivery is usually followed by an improvement, although it can take some time. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...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