Posted July 30, 2018 11:33:30A blood pressure test may be a way to help people with severe dementia with a quick diagnosis, but it can also make them more vulnerable to heart attack and stroke.
New research suggests people with a blood pressure higher than 140/80 may be more at risk of heart attack, stroke and a heart attack or stroke, or a heart rhythm disorder.
Dr Peter O’Neill, a cardiologist at the University of Sydney’s Department of Neurology and Cardiology, said the new research showed people with lower blood pressure levels are more at high risk of stroke.
“The heart rate goes up when blood pressure goes up, and so people with high blood pressure are more susceptible to a stroke,” he said.
“So people with low blood pressure may have a very hard time managing their blood pressure properly.”
They may be at risk for a stroke, so that may be particularly important when you have a stroke.
“The research is published in the latest edition of the journal Neurology.
Dr O’Neil said if a person had a stroke or heart attack while being monitored for their blood pressures, it could trigger a rapid change in blood pressure.”
People are actually better able to maintain their blood rates when they have a blood stroke or a stroke with heart rate,” he explained.”
It may be that when we take blood pressure into account, or when we include heart rate when we measure blood pressure the risk of having a stroke is reduced, so we think that a lot of the time that is a good thing.
“Dr O ‘nnellan said blood pressure should be taken into account when measuring blood pressure when it comes to risk of a stroke.
Dr David Wilkie, director of the Division of Cardiology and Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, said a patient with a high blood level could be more likely to suffer a stroke if their blood vessels were blocked by a heart condition.”
If they have some vascular disorder, for example, or are at risk in the other way around, they could be at a greater risk of developing a stroke than someone with a normal blood pressure,” Dr Wilkie said.”[We should] be careful to not underestimate the risks of these things.
“Dr Wilkie advised people to only measure their blood levels in relation to a healthy person, and to only have a healthy heart.”
A healthy heart can actually produce more than its fair share of blood vessels, so it’s better to be aware of the risks than to be overly cautious,” he added.”
Blood pressure may be the first thing we look at when we start to look at stroke.
“Dr Anthony Fennell, an associate professor at the Department of Cardiovascular and Neurophysiology at the Melbourne School of Medicine, said when people have blood pressure below 140/60, it is important to check the blood pressure on a regular basis.”
When people have a higher blood pressure or low blood-pressure, it’s really important to go into the medical records and see what their risk is,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
To see if there’s any underlying heart disease or heart problems that are being overlooked.
“There may be some other factors that are causing them to have a lower blood-pulse and higher blood-volume, and these things need to be looked at.”
Dr Fennill said the study showed that people with higher blood pressures may be vulnerable to more heart attacks and strokes.
“We think it’s more about what happens in the brain than it is about the heart itself, so to be more aware of your risk of these problems, we have to keep your heart healthy and keep it healthy from the moment you are born,” he suggested.