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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...
If you have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, it means that you have elevated levels of pressure of blood in your arteries. Prolonged periods of high blood pressure can cause serious damage to the heart and blood vessels. After a diagnosis, you probably have a lot of questions about your risks, and your next steps toward recovery. We have answers. What Do the Numbers Mean? Your doctor should take your blood pressure every time you have an exam, but you may be confused by the results. What’s the difference between systolic pressure and diastolic pressure? Our expert explains all in High Blood Pressure: By the Numbers . Why Do I Have High Blood Pressure? Age is one of the major factors, as blood pressure increases as both men and women get older. Gender, ethnicity, genetics, weight, and the existence of other medical conditions can all play a role in increasing your risk. Read about the causes and risk factors for hypertension. What Are My Risks? High bl...
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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