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Old 06-02-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Re: Pulse Pressure 60 to 65 - Why?

Originally Posted by atengnr View Post
Wide pulse pressure can be due to many causes:
Increased cardiac output seen in essential hypertension - often in part from elevated sympathetic nervous system outflow.
What might cause an "elevated sympathetic nervous system outflow" that isn't a result of anxiety or exercise?

Originally Posted by atengnr View Post
Reduced vascular compliance - stiff vessels do not have normal elastance, thus systolic elevates abnormally with each stroke volume delivered to the aorta, and lack of recoil of the aorta in diastole produces a lower diastolic pressure.
Which tests are there to determine if this is a possibility?
And are there other signs or symptoms to help support this as a possibility?
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