Can you explain to me why high blood pressure can be dangerous to an individual?

The silent killer. Htn is the leading cause of strokes and end stage renal disease requiring dialysis. It is a leading cause of congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and heart attacks. The major reduction in the incidence of strokes since 1950 has been attributed to the more widespread use of effective anti-hypertensive drugs. Htn causes no symptoms for about 30 years when end organ damage begins to occur.

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Is white coat high blood pressure dangerous?

No. When a patient's BP is always elevated at the docs office but normal otherwise we call that white coat hypertension. Studies have shown if that's the only time it does that, no big deal. Many of these folks later move on to full time hypertension so it pays to be watchful. Read more...

My husband has high blood pressure at dr visits. Hbp runs in his fam. Dr never gives anything for it... If left untreated is this not dangerous?

Blood pressure. Should check blood pressure at other places to see if it is high there or just "white coat hypertension". Most people's BP is better outside of the office. If the pressure is normal at home then meds may not be needed. Read more...
Hypertension. White coat hypertension which appears only in the doctors office and not in the patient's life otherwise, does not appear to be problematic. We do check to be sure it doesn't turn into fixed hypertension but most often that isn't the case. Read more...

Is a low pulse with high blood pressure dangerous for an elderly person?

Depends. Low pulse rate associated with symptoms or below 50 without meds probably requires some investigation. The degree of BP elevation determines how "dangerous" it is. In elderly patients it is often reasonable to accept higher baseline bp's rather than to push medications. If i can get a BP down to 140/90 range without side effects in an 80 year old I am generally pleased. Read more...

Heartbeats 129 a minute 48 year old male, with high blood pressure is that dangerous?

Yes, Be Concerned! Untreated high blood pressure and high heart rate is also called the "silent killer' because it causes damage to the heart, kidneys & brain. Any unexplained left (or right) arm / shoulder / neck / jaw / chest discomfort should be evaluated asap, especially if heart & stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure are present. See a doctor asap (now). Read more...