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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Full Question: I have had migraines for over half of my life. I have never had high blood pressure. The past 3 times I have seen my doctor, I was in the middle of a migraine and my bp was high for me. My normal bp is around 120/70. During 2 of my visits recently, it was around 140/95, and once it was 160/90. The nurse said it was just because I was in pain and it was nothing to worry about. Does this put me at a higher risk for stroke, for my bp to go that high? In the past, I have had really low bp, but this was at the ER, after I had taken medications, usually pain meds. Thanks, Sherry. Answer: Dear Sherry; Hypertension is a risk factor for stroke. Although what you experience isn't true hypertension, it your levels have been a bit high. The American Heart Association gives this information: Your blood pressure can change from minute to minute, with changes in posture, exercise or sleeping, but it should normally be less than 120/80 m...
<p><strong>What Is Hypertension? </strong></p>
<p>Hypertension (high blood pressure) is characterized by a persistent increase in the force that the blood exerts upon the walls of the arteries. It is normal for this force to increase with stress or physical exertion, but with hypertension, blood pressure is high even at rest.</p>
<p>Because blood pressure in the arteries rises and falls with each heartbeat, it is measured with two numbers: <strong>systolic</strong> (the top number in a reading) and <strong>diastolic</strong> (the bottom number). The systolic number reflects the force of blood against the arterial walls each time the heart contracts. Diastolic pressure refers to the pressure within the arteries as the heart relaxes and refills with blood (which explains why the diastolic number is always lower than the systolic measurement).</p>
<p>Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (abbr...
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