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Causes of High Blood Pressure



Causes of High Blood Pressure

Q: All the results of my husband’s many heart tests are normal. Why does he have high blood pressure? A: Your husband isn’t alone—most people with high blood pressure have “essential” hypertension, which means that... More

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High BP in A.M.

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Burning Pain in Arms

Q: I used to have terrific burning pain in my arms when walking. Since having stents and open-heart surgery, the arm pain continues, but is... More

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Acid Versus Alkaline

Q: I look forward to reading your articles. Recently, I read that it is better for the heart and other organs to have an alkaline,... More

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Pacemaker is Uncomfortable

Q: My pacemaker stands out more than other ladies’ pacemakers and causes me pain. Guess I just have to be happy I’m not passing out... More

Slow Pulse
Slow Pulse

Q: I have been told that I have sinus bradycardia (heart rate of 40 to 50 beats per minute resting, sometimes below 40 ... More

Drug Safety
Drug Safety

Q: I take warfarin and atenolol for atrial fibrillation and simvastatin for high cholesterol. I also take potassium and calcium supplements. Might one work against... More

Slow Pulse
Slow Pulse

Q: I have been told that I have sinus bradycardia (heart rate of 40 to 50 beats per minute resting, sometimes below 40 ... More

Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation

Q: What are some possible causes of atrial fibrillation, and how can I get rid of it? My doctor said I have it, but I... More

Left Branch Block
Left Branch Block

Q: Will you please explain a left branch block and what it implies? Other than occasional fatigue, I feel no ill effects. ... More

It’s a Balancing Act
It’s a Balancing Act

Dear Dr. Zipes: I have an implanted defibrillator for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. My blood pressure is under control. In November, 2007 I had a stroke. After... More

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