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Old 02-17-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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Sweating and high blood pressure

My mother in law is 76 yrs old and has High Blood pressure. We live in Costa Rica and the temperature is normally in the high 80-s with a breeze. However from the time she wakes up she is complaining "How hot it is" "Que Calor" and she sweats a lot even though she is not exercising. Is this a symptom of the high blood pressure and is it an indicatiuon that the pressure has gone up?


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Re: Sweating and high blood pressure

Sweating is not considered a symptom of high blood pressure. There are no symptoms attributed to elevated blood pressure, which is why it's sometimes called a silent killer. It is usually only when it becomes so dangerously high that it constitutes a medical emergency that some people -not all- experience certain symptoms.

Excessive sweating can be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as an endocrine disorder (overactive thyroid gland), low grade fever, low blood sugar, anxiety and panic attacks, infection, stress, a drop in hormone levels, a result of exercise and a side effect of medications. On occassion, it can also be a sign of something more serious. The medications that contribute to or cause excessive sweating are mostly antidepressants, painkillers with a synthetic narcotic component (such as codeine and fentanyl), and drugs for treatment of psychiatric disorders. Other drugs -including some antihypertensives-cause increased sweating in only a small percentage of people. Advair causes sweat gland disorders in 1-3% of peole, according to PDR Guide to Drug Interactions, Side Effects and Indications. Nicotine contained in cigarettes and caffeine from beverages also contribute to sweating.

Your mother's sweating issues could be a consequence of one or more factors mentioned above, or others not mentioned. She should consult her doctor to rule out an underlying medical condition. When necessary, drugs can be used to treat this problem.


Old 05-24-2009, 12:44 AM   #3
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Sweating does not automatically mean you have hypertension. Most people have no symptoms at all, and the scary thing about any symptoms of high blood pressure is that they usually do not show until it is too late to do anything about them. When blood pressure reaches high rates it is referred to as accelerated hypertension. Even at this stage symptoms may not show until it starts shutting down internal organs and the patient begins to enter a dangerous stage of the disease. If left untreated, it can begin to affect the brain and even start causing pressure within your skull, which can be fatal.

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Sweating lowers blood pressure because fluids and salt are excreted, hence the drop in blood pressure. The problem is when we perspire too much we sometimes also deplete important minerals like potassium and magnesium which the body needs to fuction properly.

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