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 causes aortic aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from the heart through the chest and torso. What could be the possible causes of aneurism?
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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 can I hear my heart beat louder after rigorous exercise

As I understand exercise increases hear rate. Why should an increase in hear rate feel like the heart is also beating louder (not just faster). If I place my hand on my chest, I feel its thump much ...
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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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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 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 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 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 wanting to eat a lot of salt, a sign for something?

So recently most of my colleagues have been commenting that I eat too much salt and they're saying it's a sign for blood pressure and some says it's diabetes. And I do occasionally have a craving for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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What should be prefered for oral rehydration out of salts and glucose?

What should be preferred for oral rehydration out of salts and glucose + vitamin D? Do both need to be taken in equal amounts? Why?
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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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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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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?