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How high does blood pressure get before a heart attack?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: It doesn't

Although high blood pressure is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, there is no evidence that there is an acute rise in blood pressure prior to a heart attack.

In brief: It doesn't

Although high blood pressure is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, there is no evidence that there is an acute rise in blood pressure prior to a heart attack.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

High blood pressure over years damages blood vessels leading to things like stroke & heart attack.
BP > 140/90 over time increases the risk for these problems. The longer the time and the higher the blood pressure, the > risk. No hard and fast cut off. If the blood pressure goes up quickly to very high levels (> 180/110 or so) can cause problems like heat failure, stroke more suddenly, .

In brief: Varies

High blood pressure over years damages blood vessels leading to things like stroke & heart attack.
BP > 140/90 over time increases the risk for these problems. The longer the time and the higher the blood pressure, the > risk. No hard and fast cut off. If the blood pressure goes up quickly to very high levels (> 180/110 or so) can cause problems like heat failure, stroke more suddenly, .
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not a direct cause

No number is the "magic number" but very high pressures (for example >200/>110) when associated with angina are considered a "hypertensive emergency" and should be promptly treated.
Symptoms of stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, or encephalopathy (confusion) are the key symptoms of a hypertensive crisis.

In brief: Not a direct cause

No number is the "magic number" but very high pressures (for example >200/>110) when associated with angina are considered a "hypertensive emergency" and should be promptly treated.
Symptoms of stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, or encephalopathy (confusion) are the key symptoms of a hypertensive crisis.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Who cares?

It is a risk factor.

In brief: Who cares?

It is a risk factor.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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