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Old 10-03-2007, 05:28 PM   #11
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: College Station, TX, USA
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tamu45 HB User
Re: Hypertensive and atherosclerotic effects on blood vessels

I was wondering about this: can one tell by one's blood pressure if one HAS arteriosclerosis? Specifically, if your BP is normal or low, are you more or less "safe" as far as clogged arteries?

I know there are many causes of HIGH BP. But I would assume that if your BP is ok, then your arteries probably are too? I have heard mixed things. One argument is that clogs cause the arteries to narrow, which raises blood pressure. But I've also heard that it depends on where the clogs are, and BP can be either raised or lowered by arteriosclerosis.

Any ideas?