Questions tagged [blood-pressure]

Use this tag when asking about the pressure of the circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. Blood pressure is a reliable indicator of several medical conditions.

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What are some natural ways to reduce blood pressure?

What are some natural evidenced based approaches that can be used to reduce blood pressure in a patient with hypertension, or prevent hypertension in an otherwise healthy patient?
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What do blood pressure readings indicate?

I have heard 120 by 80 is considered normal blood pressure. What do these numbers indicate? I am not a science student. Please explain in non-complicated language.
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Can stress increase blood pressure?

Whenever I get my blood pressure checked, whether by machine or person, I become extremely stressed. My heart rate then increases quite a bit into the hundreds, usually around 110-120 (my normal is 55-...
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Is there evidence that lowering blood pressure via medication is decreasing mortality?

Higher than average blood pressure is likely associated with higher mortality, but is there any study that showed that lowering it with medication is beneficial?
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Does having more muscles influence blood pressure measurement?

As stated in the title, do we have any evidence that having a big muscular arm influence BP measurement?
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Why does your head get enough blood and your feet don't when lifted above your body?

When I lift my feet up they go numb and don't get enough blood I suppose. Why isn't the same thing happening for my head in a normal upright posture?
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Is decaffeinated coffee a diuretic?

Caffeine is a known diuretic, stimulates urine production, and I have even seen "potential dehydration" as one of the arguments in the perennial "is coffee good or bad" debate. It also changes blood ...
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How much difference should there be between systolic and diastolic pressure?

How much of a difference should there normally be, between systolic and diastolic pressures? What could cause them to be too far apart, or too close together? What other symptoms could such deviation ...
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What heart conditions cause dizziness after/during exercise?

Lots of stuff causes dizziness after/during exercise. But if you Google "dizziness after exercise" you'll get 10,000 articles and lame blogs that are basically just copies of one another that all ...
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Is there a best time of the day to measure blood pressure?

Does it even matter if I measure my blood pressure at night or in morning or during lunch time? What is the best time of the day to measure blood pressure?
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Topical nifedipine cream and hypotension

Nifedipine usually is used against high blood pressure. Also nifedipine cream is used for treatment of anal fissures. Can the topical cream applied anally also cause hypotension?
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Blood pressure in aorta vs. blood pressure in brachial artery

Second year medical student asking. Does the blood pressure at the root of aorta equal the blood pressure in the brachial artery? I've heard it does but it doesn't quite seem to make sense as I'd ...
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What user error can lead to a too-low blood pressure measurement?

I was prescribed a medication which can increase blood pressure as a side effect, so I impulsively bought a small home BP measurement unit of the foolproof kind. It is made by a known brand for home ...
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Why are only arms used for measuring the blood pressure?

Why not the other body parts like legs? What are the reasons for preferring arms?
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Medical puzzle: can blood flow in arteries be non-pulsatile?

Recently there have been questions on blood pressure and pulse pressure on this forum. Can the blood flow in arteries of a living human be non-pulsatile (i.e. not producing a pulse)? That is, the flow ...
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Standing up while deeply inhaling can cause a blood pressure fall?

Someone told me a few months ago of a technique to stop hiccups. When I followed the simple instructions given to me at that time it was extremely effective. Recently, I tried to reproduce the ...
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Is the heart disease risk arising from salt mediated entirely by blood pressure?

High salt intake appears to be well-established as a risk-factor for cardiovascular disease, usually cited as being due to its effect of increasing your blood pressure. I want to know if that's the ...
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What are too high and too low levels of blood pressure?

At what blood pressure levels (either too high or too low) should I be alarmed and seek a doctor's advice?
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How much more accurate are indwelling arterial catheters compared to standard, non-invasive blood pressure monitoring?

I wonder how much more accurate and reliable indwelling arterial catheters are compared to standard, non-invasive techniques to monitor ICU patients' blood pressure.
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What are the natural ways to increase the blood pressure?

My BP is 87 by 69 as I post this. Is there something which I can consume daily in a certain amount to keep my blood pressure normal? Or are there any other ways to increase the blood pressure ...
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If sphygmomanometer literally cuts off the blood flow, is it gonna kill the patient if pressure is not released?

As the title says. I just learnt how sphygmomanometer works. If it cuts off the blood till I decrease the pressure to the highest blood pressure, then shouldn't it cause serious problems? Even in ...
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What is the blood pressure within the right ventricle?

The circulatory system can be divided into two cycles, a pulmonary circulation and a systemic circulation. As the right ventricle only needs to supply the lungs with deoxygenated blood, the muscle is ...
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Is olive leaf extract dangerous for low blood pressure?

I am 84 years old, with heart failure, diagnosed about 10 months ago, now successfully treated, and my naturally low blood pressure is kept at, or reduced to, a satisfactorily low level. I would not ...
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Is it a good idea to replace Sodium Chloride (NaCl) with Potassium Chloride (KCl) for everyday consumption?

Increased sodium intake is linked to higher blood pressure, and therefore larger chance of developing cardiovascular issues. On the other hand, increased potassium intake (within RDA, which is a ...
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Passing out after injections [closed]

Last October I had an injection which was need for my trip to Costa Rica, a few minutes later I passed out and split my head open due to landing on concrete. On Monday I'm having a typhoid injection ...
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What's the best body position for measuring the blood pressure?

Does the position of my arm and body matter? If yes, then how? What's the best body position for measuring the blood pressure?
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How much impact does the location of measurement of blood pressure have on the quality of the obtained blood pressure signal?

Measuring blood pressure invasively can be performed from different locations, such as one of the radial arteries. How much impact does the location of an invasive measurement have on the quality of ...
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Why does caffeine raise your blood pressure when it's a diuretic?

Why does caffeine raise your blood pressure when it puts your kidneys into overdrive?
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Taking Blood Pressure Bilaterally — Why?

There's a physician that always takes blood pressures bilaterally for EVERY patient he sees. These patients are assumed to be healthy adults coming in for basic routine medical exams. I don't see ...
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What has hot shower to do with low blood pressure?

http://www.webmd.com/heart/understanding-low-blood-pressure-treatment What Are the Treatments for Low Blood Pressure? ... Avoid prolonged exposure to hot water, such as hot showers and spas. ...
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Does giving blood lower blood pressure?

While it seems logical that reducing any fluid in a body would reduce the pressure does the body regulate it's own pressure after donating blood or is it lowered?
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How do corticosteroids cause high blood pressure?

Taking corticosteroids can result in high blood pressure. Is anything known about the physiological mechanism behind this? Why do corticosteroids have this side effect? Since it's been mentioned in ...
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How can a BP goal be recommended, but not a diastolic or systolic goal?

Out of curiousity, I'm researching the JNC 8 guidelines for hypertension, and when reading this publication, I noticed it says: There is strong evidence to support treating hypertensive persons ...
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Quicker increase in breathing rate due to stretching/engaging tired muscles [closed]

After exercise or after eating too much food (or both) I usually become tired. I regularly observe that if I strech or engage major muscles (chest or legs) my breathing rate quickens considerably in ...
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Why do some people have high blood pressure and others have low, constantly?

Is this genetic? On what factors does it depend whether I am going to have high or low blood pressure?
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I have low blood pressure. How do I know if I have exceeded the oral rehydration salts daily dose?

The day time temperature ranges here from 41 to 43 degree Celsius. I have a white collar job and go to office on scooter with takes 30 minutes on one side. I have low blood pressure. I take two ...
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Can the blood accumulated after stroke be cured?

Recently my uncle had a stroke. He is now in rest and taking medicine. He has his right leg paralyzed, although the condition is improving. The doctor said that "blood is accumulated in the brain". ...
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Crystalloid infusion during anaphylactic shock

My text book states that intravenous crystalloid infusion is a method of treating anaphylactic shock. I can't get why, as there is no fluid loss in case of anaphylactic shock, at least that is what ...
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Can one have high and low blood pressure at the same time?

I understand that the heart is a pump. The systolic (SYS) one is when it pumps, the diastolic (DIA) one is when it fills with blood again. Now I think the following holds: SYS of 140 mmHg or more => ...
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Which vessel could a pumping vessel in the left middle side of forehead be?

There is a vessel located on the left middle side of my forehead which keeps pumping for few times noticeably every few minutes, my question is: What are vessels flowing on the left-mid side of the ...
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Can a colloid intravascular volume expander be used in chronic orthostatic hypotension?

For conditions such as POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) which are unable to regulate appropriate blood pressure / HR on postural changes, they are treated with volume expansion - like ...
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Does ideal range pulse rate and blood pressure always indicate no serious illness

Is it possible for people with serious illness (cancer, AIDs etc) to have pulse rate and blood pressure to still be in the ideal range? In other words, if my blood pressure and pulse range are in the ...
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Should I drink coconut water daily? Many sites praise the health effect

Example article found with DDG: 8 Science-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Water The Bottom Line Coconut water is a delicious, nutritious and natural beverage that’s extremely good for you. ...
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Confused by blood pressure terms

I'm doing some research into digital blood pressure monitors and I have come across some terms that I could use a hand with, thanks Mean pressure Empirical statistical oscillometric parameters ...
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Blood pressure reading more at evening time

I discovered was that my blood pressure didn't stay the same all the time. It was lowest first thing in the morning (a reading of 120/70), went up a little at lunchtime (135/80) and was highest in the ...
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Physical activity and blood pressure

Apparently physical activity can significantly raise blood pressure. Is prolonged strenuous physical activity (8hrs+) a risk factor for the effects of high blood pressure?
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Is the feeling of blood pulses a symptom of low blood pressure?

When I go to sleep after a long waking time or when I am about to wake up after not sufficient sleep (or less than 8 hours of sleep) , I feel the blood flow in the back of my head in the form of ...
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What can cause B.P. to fall after breakfast?

@9:00am I just had a bowl of corn checks and I feel faint. This happens each morning. The wife takes my B.P.when I feel faint. Right now it is 62/44, pulse 111 (I normally run high on my pulse). It ...
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What are the types of blood pressure measuring devices available? What are their pros and cons?

How do I decide which blood pressure measuring device should I prefer?
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When measuring blood pressure at home which arm should I prefer? Why?

Why are results different for both the arms? Which arm should be prefered?