If I have high blood pressure, am I at higher risk of a heart attack when I am pregnant?

You might be at risk. High blood pressure during pregnancy can be managed. Before getting pregnant, it is recommended that your doctor obtain baseline evaluation of your kidneys, eyes, and heart. A well-controlled hypertensive patient can have a healthy pregnancy if problems do not arise during the pregnancy. A heart attack can occur if your blood pressure is not well controlled, and your doctor can help you with this.
Uncontrolled. Hypertension with delivery can lead to coronary dissection...This is rare but would be most common cause of "heart attack" in young pregnant women.
Yes - but still rare. Heart attacks during pregnancy were unheard of until 20 years ago. Nowadays, the obesity epidemic and its associated co-morbidities (hypertension, diabetes, advanced age) have made this a legitimate concern, however its incidence is still pretty rare.

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I'm 17 and I have high blood pressure. I'm working on it, but I keep worrying that I'm going to have a heart attack at any moment. Overreacting?

Blood pressure. Yes and no. It is good to be concerned because high blood pressure can cause a lot of problems with your heart and blood vessels, but usually this takes many years if neglected. Also it may depend on how high the blood pressure is. . Read more...
High blood pressure. if uncontrolled is a risk factor for heart disease. If you keep it well controlled the risk is minimal, Exercise, eat a well balanced diet, control blood sugar and cholesterol and don't smoke to reduce your heart risks, Read more...

Do I need to have high blood pressure to have a heart attack?

No. Independent variables that can happen together but not always. Read more...
No. High blood pressure is only one risk factor for heart attack. Others include smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, age, and family history of heart disease. It is such a common problem, there are some patients that have none of these risk factors, but still have heart attacks. Read more...

Can high blood pressure cause heart attack?

Not the main. Hypertension causes left ventricular hypertrophy and strain and heart failure. Concomitant coronary disease can occur and infarction can happen hypertension is also asso. With aortic tear-dissection and that can involve coronaries and cause infarction. More to the entire story but that' s a start. Read more...

Can my high blood pressure lead to a heart attack?

Yes. High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks. If you have it, take steps to keep it under control with health diet, regular exercise, weight loss if needed, limited alcohol consumption, avoidance of tobacco and medications if needed. You should also find out what other risk factors for heart attack or stroke you have and address them as well. Read more...
Yes. Yes eventually it will contribute to an increased risk. Read more...

Why does high blood pressure cause a heart attack?

May not. Many people with high BP do not have heart attacks. The heart is strained and hypertrophied, and in the presence of atherosclerosis may have obstruction and dissection, or plaque disruption to create a heart attack. Read more...

Is it true that if a person is having a heart attack, he also has high blood pressure?

Not necessarily. The stress of the pain or fear related to the heart attack can raise the blood pressure but does not always do so. If the heart is badly damaged, the blood pressure can actually get too low. Read more...
Not true. High blood pressure can make risk of heart attack greater ... And something stressful that causes a heart attack can initially also cause high blood pressure ... But a heart attack usually will cause ones' blood pressure to drop ... Read more...
Sometimes. Patients having a heart attack may be having pain and the pain causes them to have increase blood pressure. Also, there are certain molecules released into the blood when a patient is having a heart attach that can cause the blood pressure to go up. Htn can cause heart attack. Having said that, at times patients can have low blood pressure while having a heart attach due to damage of the heart. Read more...
Htn. Htn is not a cause of heart attack. Htn may increase risk of heart attack ( that's why we treat htn). We watch the blood pressure during a heart attack to prevent elevated BP or hypotension (low bp) , both can happen during a heart attack. Read more...
No. People can have heart attacks for a variety of reasons. One of them is high blood pressure, but others include coronary artery disease, drugs, coronary spasm and many more; not necessarily associated with high blood pressure. Read more...

My mum died of heart related problem. I believe its heart attack as a result of high blood pressure. Do you think I might suffer the same fate?

Not necessarily . Although genetics can play a strong role in cad....Modifying other risk factors can reduce your risk significantly. Talk with your physician about what yours might be & what you can do about it. Read more...