Re: High Pulse Pressure?
The most usual cause of a high pulse pressure is the noncompliance of the aorta. The aorta is usually soft and compliant to the "dumping" of blood from the heart, and it expands when it receives this blood load, reducing the pressure rise. As people age, all the blood vessels of the body become hard, due to atherosclerosis, and even high blood pressure itself. This is present in countless thousands of people.
If your high pulse pressure has this cause, it would be a good idea to follow guidelines for your diet, exercise, and perhaps medication as your cardiologist dictates.
You didn't mention whether you were currently taking any blood-pressure medication.
Certain problems with heart valves and valve functions can also cause high pulse pressures.
The fact that your appointment is later this month (if the cardiologist knows your history and of your high pulse pressure) gives an indication that he/she does not consider this very urgent.
Last edited by tfkeel; 02-05-2007 at 02:17 PM.