Systolic Blood Pressure

Evaluating Risk Factors: High Systolic Blood Pressure

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as systolic blood pressure — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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In the Commonly Known Lab Values section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about systolic blood pressure:
Blood Pressure. What is your usual blood pressure without medication? [Top number, systolic]
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 110 (low)
→ 110 to 129 (normal)
→ 130 to 150 (elevated)
→ Over 150 (very elevated)

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate low systolic blood pressure, normal systolic blood pressure or high systolic blood pressure, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Diabetes Type II

Blood pressure that is consistently at or above 140/90 is a sign of Type 2 Diabetes.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) also suggests the following possibilities:

Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is usually a hereditary disorder, although incidence of this form of cardiomyopathy may also be higher in people with hypertension.  [Hypertension 1994;24(5): pp.585-90]

Retinopathy

High blood pressure can affect the vessels in the eyes; some blood vessels can narrow and thicken / harden (arteriosclerosis).  There will be flame-shaped hemorrhages and macular swelling (edema).  This edema may cause distorted or decreased vision and is a condition known as hypertensive retinopathy.

Senile Dementia

Hypertension is a risk factor for reduced circulation in the brain, sometimes called ischemic vascular dementia (IVD).

Gout / Hyperuricemia

Gout is strongly associated with obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes.

Kidney Disease

High blood pressure commonly results from kidney problems, and often damages the small blood vessels in the kidneys.  When this happens, the blood vessels cannot filter toxins from the blood as easily.

Magnesium Toxicity

Extremely low blood pressure is a sign of possible magnesium overload.

Nephrotic Syndrome

Because the kidneys are involved in blood pressure regulation, abnormally low or abnormally high blood pressure may develop from nephrotic syndrome.

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