Hypertension or high blood pressure is a health condition where the force exerted by the blood on the artery wall is high. Persistent high blood pressure is a significant risk factor for stroke, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular diseases, etc.

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Will hypertension cause severe headaches?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old male, who weighs 173 lbs. I am having severe headaches for a few days now. I am currently taking Percocet for this¬†headache. I was told that I have hypertension. My blood pressure is 168/98 mmHg, and pulse is 120 and steady. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your headaches are probably caused due to your high blood pressure. A headache can also increase the BP, but not this much. As you are so young, the cause of hypertension should be found out first. So, I suggest you undergo tests like kidney function test, renal art...  Read Full »

Does prolonged use of calcium channel blockers cause palpitations?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with high BP (160/105) one year ago with HR above 100. Current BP is normal (115/78 this morning), HR is 40 to 48 during sleep, 48 to 55 at rest. HR increased to 130 only when exercising. Now no longer drinking alcohol for the past one year and has lost 15 kg since d...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am very concerned and can well understand your worries. I appreciate you lost weight and have also started exercising for a month now. I would add here, you want to keep the good work up just like that, and most probably you would feel much relaxed and better. Well, ...  Read Full »

How to manage diastolic hypertension?

Query: Hi doctor, I have high blood pressure (95 mm Hg to 140 mm Hg), and I would like to start medication if needed. It was a little high for the last five to ten years. I do not have any other health issues. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep V Nair

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have diastolic hypertension. Diastolic hypertension is when the diastolic blood pressure is more than 90 mm Hg. I think you can try doing the following lifestyle modifications. 1. Salt-restricted diet. 2. Daily half an hour brisk walking. 3. Increase in...  Read Full »

Will vena cava with respiratory collapse cause problems during tummy tuck surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I was getting ready to get a tummy tuck surgery. But it was just discovered by my cardiologist that I have high blood pressure for a while now. He gave me medication and told me to wait for two to three months until my body adjusted. I noticed everything in my test results appears normal...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Vena cava collapse during inspiration is a normal finding. For blood pressure, adopt the following measures: 1) Avoid smoking and other addictions. 2) Reduce salt intake in the diet. 3) Reduce fatty foods, junk foods, and saturated fats. 4) Avoid stress and anxiety...  Read Full »

Will exercise with a sudden decrease of carbohydrates in the diet cause hypotension?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 51 years old male. I am diabetic and hypertensive. About two months ago, my fasting blood sugar was about 186, and I weighed 199 lbs. I now have my fasting blood sugar is below 100 most mornings, and I currently weigh 181 lbs. I started an exercise and weight lifting routine and a...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I studied your problem carefully. I understand that diabetes is considered as a lifestyle disease. Exercise or decrease in carbohydrates in the diet, etc., should be gradual and not sudden. It should be under the guidance of a dietitian or doctor. You need to consult a ...  Read Full »

Are mildly dilated aortic root and ascending aorta life-threatening?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 33 years old male and had a 2D echo of the heart done. I am just anxious about how bad these results are. How much in the danger zone am I? I have decided to make lifestyle changes upon getting these results but, I am worried I have gone too far. What does ejection fraction mildly r...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A mildly dilated aorta is usually of no concern unless family history is positive for dilated aorta, aortic aneurysm, or aortic dissection. The ejection fraction is mid-range. Should find the cause for it. Do you have a family history of cardiac issues? Do you have dia...  Read Full »

Does COVID-19 cause fluctuations in blood pressure?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother tested positive for COVID-19 45 days before and tested negative after 13 days. Before getting COVID-19, she took some ayurvedic medicine to control her blood pressure, but after COVID-19, her blood pressure reached 170/97 mm Hg even when she took her usual medication. Sometimes ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tanmai Yermal (jain)

Internal Medicine Physician, Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query for your mother with chest heaviness and weakness in post-COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) phase. First of all, for her blood pressure variation, she must be having hypertension even before she got a COVID-19 infection. I think for which she...  Read Full »

Is my abnormal EKG indicative of a heart attack?

Query: Hi doctor, I had two separate EKGs. The first showed a normal sinus rhythm, septal infarct, age undetermined, and abnormal ECG with a QRS duration of 76 ms. The second EKG showed normal sinus rhythm, possible anterior infarct, age undetermined, abnormal ECG with QRS duration of 74 ms. Did I have a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are no Q waves in any ECG (electrocardiogram). There is no sign of a past heart attack. The second ECG fulfills one of the criteria of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). Please tell if you had hypertension, diabetes, or any other heart issue, thyroid issue, or ha...  Read Full »

Which has to be given priority among angioplasty and pacemaker placement?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 64 years old. She has diabetes and hypertension. She suddenly fainted after taking BP medicine. Her pulse rate went down to 30. She is admitted to the hospital with a low pulse rate of 50 to 55. The angiography is showing two blockages. One is 70%, and the other is 90%. The ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your query, two vessels are diseased. Her heart rate went to 30, and she fainted after taking BP (blood pressure) medicines. 1) Why angiography was done? 2) Did she have heart attack or just uncontrolled angina? 3) What medicines is she taking for BP ...  Read Full »

How to control blood pressure in a COVID-19 patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I have COVID-19 infection for the past six days, and I am taking tablet Ivermectin, tablet Doxycycline, Multivitamin tablets for five days. I did a CT scan and blood test yesterday. My chest scan is fine, but my BP is very high. It was 151/88 mm Hg three days back. Now it is 172/110 m...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) Did you have high BP (blood pressure) before or recently developed? 2) Which anti-hypertensive medicine are you taking?  Read Full »

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