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Have you experienced problems with your blood pressure? Do you need to know the concerns that could arise if it returns to normal slowly? Do you need to know what medications can help? Often when patients have problems with blood pressure, they are unaware of the causes and possible treatments. Often Expert insight is needed to help clarify any doubts and concerns.

What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the measure of force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries, which in return carry blood throughout the body. High blood pressure (hypertension) can be dangerous because it causes the heart to work harder to pump blood to the body and can contribute the hardening of the arteries and the development of heart failure.

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is a pressure that is less than 90/60. The readings appear in two numbers, the higher number (top) is the systolic pressure or the pressure in the arteries when they fill with blood. The second number (lower) is the measurement of the diastolic pressure or pressure when the heart rests between beats. When blood pressure issues are present, questions can arise about the causes, symptoms and possible treatments. Read below where questions have been answered by Experts.

Would there be cause for concern if blood pressure returns to normal ranges slowly?

There should be no cause for concern. The blood pressure should not go from high to normal too quickly. The brain and the rest of the body are used to having a high blood pressure. With the use of medications, the blood pressure can be brought lower which causes the organs to not feel as much pressure. The body organs need to become accustomed to having a lower pressure. The side effects of a lower blood pressure can include lightheadedness and fatigue. These symptoms can occur because the brain is becoming accustomed to lower blood pressure. An individual may become lethargic and could pass out, if the pressure is dropped to quickly.

What are blood pressure medications that do not cause edema?

The medications that should not cause edema include:
• ACE inhibitors
• Angio-tension receptor blockers
• Diuretics

The most common medication that can cause edema is Norvasc. If edema is present while diuretics are administered, medical investigations may be needed to find the causes. If all medications for high blood pressure have been tried and edema is still present, there could be underlying causes.

What blood pressure could cause massage therapy to be contraindicated?

It is safe to receive massage therapy if the blood pressure is controlled with medicine. However, there may be cause for concern if the blood pressure is not controlled. A pressure reading of 140/90 would be considered uncontrolled. However, at this reading there may be need for consideration as to the type of therapy that is received. An individual with a mild increase in blood pressure could receive light relaxing massage. Blood pressure could be increased by deep therapeutic massages therefore it should not be performed unless it is controlled.

What could cause a variance in blood pressure readings between arms?

Normally there is a variance of 10 points between arms. A large difference could indicate a blockage in the arteries of the arm. It could also indicate a narrowing of the aorta. A medical practitioner may recommend a chest x-ray, arterial blood flow studies of the upper extremities and an ultrasound of the heart. Also the difference should be confirmed by a medical practitioner. Differences in the soft tissues and the way that the pressure is measured could account for the differences in readings.

Anytime an individual experiences blood pressure problems, questions and concerns may arise. Questions regarding variances, ranges, medications, and complications of massage therapy should be monitored by medical professionals. For more information or for answers to these questions, an individual should contact an Expert.
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