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Would you most likely have high blood pressure if you have coronary atherosclerosis?
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It turns out hypertension (HTN) is considered a "modifiable risk factor" for coronary artery disease (cad)- this means that treating HTN will decrease the risk of cad.
About 40%-60% who need a heart bypass have htn. Many consider HTN the greatest risk factor cad. So, yes, you are likely to have HTN if you have CAD but there are always exceptions!

In brief: Yes
It turns out hypertension (HTN) is considered a "modifiable risk factor" for coronary artery disease (cad)- this means that treating HTN will decrease the risk of cad.
About 40%-60% who need a heart bypass have htn. Many consider HTN the greatest risk factor cad. So, yes, you are likely to have HTN if you have CAD but there are always exceptions!
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Michael Fenster
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
While high blood pressure, or hypertension is a risk factor for cardiovascular disese like stroke and heart attacks, many people may develop coronary atherosclerosis (blockages) without necessarily having high blood pressures.
Other risk factors; LDL cholesterol, family history, smoking and diabetes, among others, are also important contributors.

In brief: Depends
While high blood pressure, or hypertension is a risk factor for cardiovascular disese like stroke and heart attacks, many people may develop coronary atherosclerosis (blockages) without necessarily having high blood pressures.
Other risk factors; LDL cholesterol, family history, smoking and diabetes, among others, are also important contributors.
Dr. Michael Fenster
Dr. Michael Fenster
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
In brief: No! Only a Trend
Atherosclerosis is hidden within the walls of arteries.
As it progresses, the artery wall thickens & the artery typically enlarges, not narrows, for decades, thus no symptoms. In extremely advanced arterial disease (if without heart damage) the pulse pressure widens because the arteries get stiffer. But transient exercise, emotions, aortic valve leak, avms, etc. Also increase pulse pressure.

In brief: No! Only a Trend
Atherosclerosis is hidden within the walls of arteries.
As it progresses, the artery wall thickens & the artery typically enlarges, not narrows, for decades, thus no symptoms. In extremely advanced arterial disease (if without heart damage) the pulse pressure widens because the arteries get stiffer. But transient exercise, emotions, aortic valve leak, avms, etc. Also increase pulse pressure.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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