I suffer form Migraines during my menstruation. Sometimes my blood pressure rises 160's and 90's for about 20 minutes followed by shivers and then it goes down. Normally my blood pressure tends to be on the low side 110/70. Can a migraine cause temporary high blood pressure? Veronica.
Yes, Migraine can cause blood pressure to rise. Please be sure that your doctor is aware of this.
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Over the last few weeks we’ve been focusing on high blood pressure and the difficulties this can cause. But, having low blood pressure, or hypotension, can also be problematic.
A normal blood pressure reading is usually in the range of 120/80 (systolic/diastolic); low blood pressure is less than 90/60.
If you’re an athlete, low blood pressure is usually a sign of good cardiovascular health. But, in the elderly for example, it may be a sign of an underlying problem. Low blood pressure is however, only a medical concern if it causes signs or symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, or in extreme cases, shock.
Some of the causes of low blood pressure include:
Acute illnesses which leads to severe blood loss or damage to the heart
Diseases involving the nerves controlling the veins in the legs
Hormonal problems such as an underactive thyroid, overactive thyroid, or diabetes
Loss of blood, or loss of fluid
Low or high body temperature
One out of three U.S. adults, 33 percent, have high blood pressure. This equals around 70 million Americans.
About 65 percent over the age of 60 have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke . These are two leading causes of death in the U.S.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is defined as having a blood pressure at or above 140/90 mm Hg.
140 (top number) is your systolic reading.
90 (bottom number) is your diastolic reading.
Current guidelines for treating high blood pressure are to lower systolic blood pressure to below 140 mg Hg and below 130 mm Hg for adults with kidney disease or diabetes. The most commonly prescribed treatment is blood pressure medication, which can be effective, but includes potential side effects.
Would the benefits of lower blood pressure guidelines outweigh the cons associated with more aggressive treatment and higher medication dosage?
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