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There are times it is normal for the heart to beat harder, such as if you are out hiking and encounter a bear. Your blood pressure will jump so larger levels of oxygenated, nutrient rich blood is sent through your system and you are able to react. All part of the flight or fight response.
When you are diagnosed for high blood pressure your blood pressure is not just high for limited periods of time. It is consistently elevated. This means the heart is constantly working harder than it should.
Here are 7 reasons your heart may be dealing with this increased workload:
1. Atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) - This may be caused by cholesterol deposits along arterial walls resulting in plaque buildup. Fibrosis or endothelial dysfunction may also result in narrower arteries. When arteries narrow the heart has to pump harder (exert more force) to move blood throughout the system.
2. Overweight and obesity - Fat is a tissue that requires a constant blood s...
Alternative Names Menstruation - painful; Dysmenorrhea; Periods - painful; Cramps - menstrual; Menstrual cramps Home Care The following steps may allow you to avoid prescription medications: Apply a heating pad to your lower abdomen (below your belly button). Be careful NOT to fall asleep with the heating pad on. Do light circular massage with your fingertips around your lower abdomen. Drink warm beverages. Eat light but frequent meals. Follow a diet rich in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but low in salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Keep your legs elevated while lying down, or lie on your side with your knees bent. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. Try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen. Start taking it the day before your period is expected to start, and continue taking it regularly for the first few days of your period. Try vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium supplements, especially if your pain is from P...
Irregular menstruation; Heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods; Menorrhagia; Polymenorrhea; Metrorrhagia and other menstrual conditions; Abnormal menstrual periods; Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Keep a record of your menstrual cycles and any other bleeding, including:
When menstruation begins and ends
How much flow you have (count numbers of pads and tampons used, noting whether they are soaked)
Bleeding between periods and after sex
Any other symptoms you experience
Tampons should be changed at least twice a day to avoid infection.
Because aspirin may prolong bleeding, it should be avoided. Ibuprofen is usually more effective than aspirin for relieving menstrual cramps . It also may reduce the amount of blood you lose during a period.
If you think you are or could be pregnant, talk to your doctor.
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor if:
You have soaked through a pad or tampon ...
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