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 When was the lst time you had a broken heart?
How did it felt?...

 Every1 plz answer ...?
okay well im young... and tomorrow i have to go to the heart doctor to get a check up and to get a halter monitor on (i have skipped heart beats). when i have the heart monitor on, i feel sick and ...

 My son of 5 months has a temp of 103 F its midnight do I cool him down or go to hospital?
He is 1 of an identical twin and has a lung infection and is coughing. He is currently on antibiotics. He also has a heart condition of tetralogy of ...

 How can I make a decision that can change my daughters life 4ever when both of my options r life threatening?
I am devastated my worst fears came true. To try to make a long story short. Today I was told that my daughter needs a spinal surgery, the worst part is she has a heart disease among other ...

 My father is 90 he just had an EKG should we be concerned?
They told him that his heart rate was low, it is 50. Is this dangerously low?...

 Lowering blood pressure without pills?
My blood pressure is around 145/90 and i am taking 50mg of Triamterene. Because my blood pressure is elevated, my doctor wants to put me on Lisinopril 10mg. The pharmacy warned about the medications ...

 Im 33 years old and my blood pressure is 140/80? is my blood pressure high?

 There is a line on my earlobe, some people says that means I have problems in my heart. is this true?

 Can i die from a broken heart?
im serious...and i don't mean by sucidie i mean heart problems, stress, etc?...

 Any ways that I can help lower my cholestoral and blood pressure naturally?
Im taking Lotrel, I walk to college which is about a mile each way and bike to work which is 2 and half miles each way. I dont drink soda, smoke, alochol, or anything with salt (or anything with too ...

 I have a heart murmur and I fainted, is this ok?

 I really need some advice.....this might be life or death!!!?
I turned 15 just 3 hours ago. So is it possible for me to have a heart attack? I am 6 foot 200lbs. My heart hurts and i am afraid to tell my mom. What should i do?......Wait it out or tell my mom?...

 Does sugar turn into bad cholesterol?

My blood pressure readings in the last 3 months is 130/105, 135/88 and 138/98 respectively. At present i am not taking any allopathic medicine. Daily i wil go for brisk walk for 45 minutes and i will ...

 Why does my heart feel like its pumping in the back of my head?
Every now and then when im playing sport my head starts to hurt and start thumping why is this and at the moment im getting it running up the stairs?
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 Are stuffed olives bad for your heart?
The reason I ask, is my friend has just had a heart bypass, and when he left hospital, the dietian gave my friend a list of what he could and couldn't eat.
Olives were at the top of the ...

 Can a spider have a heart attack?

 If you take 10 mg Lipitor daily is it harmful to take, in addition, 81 mg baby aspirin?

 Does anyone know what causes irregular heartbeat?
I had a bit of a scare this morning and my heart was very irregular for about 2-3 minutes. I was admitted to hospital for a few hours for an ECG but everything turned out fine but not conclusive. I&...

 Chest Pain?
I have had a problem with chest pain since last Saturday, I went to the ER yesterday and they said it was not a heart attack, however my heart rate is only in the 40's ! I am very concerned ...

My dad has a blood pressure of 240/160.?
He went to the doctor today, but I am very worried about him. Does the doctor know what he's doing? (my dad is 46)

He should have gone to the ER with a pressure like that. The risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias is just too great.

Your question doesnt make sense - what did his doctor do? NO ONES BP should ever be that high - he needs to go to the ER - he is at risk for a stroke.

I'd be worried, too. That blood pressure is very high. The BP is not checked by the doctor, but by a medical assistant or nurse. However, no patient should leave a doctor's office with that kind of blood pressure without some kind of treatment plan and, hopefully, a prescription in hand. Did they verify that high of a reading in the office? Were they using the correct size cuff? (Is your dad normal size, or is he on the large or small size? See the previous answer regarding this)

A BP of 240/160 is dangerously high. It can raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. If your dad didn't get treatment at the doctor's office, he should get it soon and get his blood pressure rechecked soon.

granny turtle
TAKE him too Emerg room, this is too high and they can give him med to bring it down , ususlly wont have stay over night. He should of got a presqription. *mamatx

Razzi R
That number is very elevated. Very.

Tell him in a very calm and scientific manner that if he does nothing baout this he will have a stroke and it could delbilitate him- and please tell him to immediately go to the emergency room

Tell him the Cholesterol Theory is NONSENSE but blood pressure is not.

Having elavated blood prrssure POUNDS away at the vessels leading to coronary artery disease and more.

Please get to the ER

It is not a sure bet that the doctor knows what he is doing. Blood pressure testing is one of the very first things a med student learns. Now I'll grant you, the doctor should know what he's doing, but sometimes they don't. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure for 6 years straight. Then one day I had a registered nurse check my BP and she said it was normal. I asked her " how can that be?" She told me, she's been doing BP testing for 15 years and it wasn't even hard to hear.
After a little investigating with her, we found out that for six years, they had been testing my BP with an adult regular cuff and should have been using an adult large cuff. The doctor's response was that my arm didn't look that big. I checked this information on the American Heart Association's web site and sure enough, right there it says, If your arm is larger than 13.4 inches in circumference, you should be using an adult large cuff. My arm is over15 inches in circumference.

After checking my BP with an adult regular cuff and coming up with 195/165. The doctor checked it with an adult large cuff and came up with 128/80.

Now I'm not saying that is the same problem with your dad, but it is a possibility. I suggest you read the information at the American Heart Association's web site concerning BP

Seungyong W
240/160?? that is way too high. is he still living

Was this a one time pressure, or have his pressures been running high? He will probably be put on medication to lower his blood pressure and may even spend a night in the hospital. He will need blood work to find out whats causing the pressures to run high. Hopefully his doctor can get his pressures back down.

That's too high, make sure you encourage him to stay compliant with is hypertensive medications.

Realist 2006
The doctor will know what he is doing and will prescribe anti hypertension drugs . don't worry It is routine today !!!
Cheers Pete

that is high,but of course the doctor knows what he is doing

Dont increase your blood pressure by worrying too much. You will also transmit your worry to your dad which will raise his blood pressure further. Let the doctor take care of it.

The pressure which you mentioned is definitely quite high and needs urgent attention. Your father has to take treatment regularly and follow a healthy lifestyle to get the pressure under control and maintain it. Investigations are also needed to check for target organ dysfunction.

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