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Old 09-23-2007, 01:55 PM   #4
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bryan, TX, USA
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Re: Hypertensive and atherosclerotic effects on blood vessels

There are numerous non-invasive and invasive medical tests for arterial compliance, ranging from such simple measures as a doctor manually examining the carotid arteries or listening for bruits, to echocardiogram tests, to ultrasound, to checking the different blood pressures in arms and ankles,a nd many others.

It is mind-boggling to me to hear doctors say "We just don't know what causes high blood pressure" when there is an endless battery of tests to confirm or deny that arterial issues are the main cause. If and when I suspect I have such issues, I will be extremely aggressive in requesting such tests, if for no other reason than to have a basis to pick a blood pressure treatment.