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It is estimated that one in four adults (approximately 50 million) in the United States has elevated blood pressure – and more than 30 percent of them are unaware of it. Since people with hypertension may not exhibit any symptoms, their high blood pressure is often undiagnosed until complications occur. It has been proven that blood pressure screening facilitates early diagnosis and treatment. Proper treatment clearly reduces the risk of the complications associated with hypertension. Blood pressure Blood pressure is the force exerted against artery walls as blood is carried through the circulatory system. The measurement of force is made in relation to the heart's pumping activity, and is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The higher number, or systolic pressure, is the measurement of pressure that occurs when the ventricle of the heart contracts or beats. The lower number, or diastolic pressure, is the measurement recorded between beats, while the heart is ...
In old movies, actresses would put their hands up to their foreheads with the palm faced out before passing out upon the delivery of any bad news, or as a sure sign of an unsuspected pregnancy (or a bad plot). Rarely in these movies did a man faint "dead away," except for comic relief upon "not getting shot." In real-life situations, though, fainting can represent a problem and is the cause of a huge amount of expenditure of health care dollars and patient concern. Indeed, one of the first consultations that I received after opening my office was from a pediatrician. A 17 year-old male suffered an apparent cardiac arrest in his office after a tetanus shot. It still amazes me that the simple sight of a needle can bring about such awesome changes in human physiology. In this case, the young man awoke with a rather sheepish grin. The problem: he and many members of his family have "strong vagal tone ." Each year, there seems to be another ef...
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.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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