• Understanding How Hormones Can Affect Your Blood Pressure

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    You and your doctor should have a great relationship and communicate freely when it comes to your health.  When you’re unclear about something concerning your body instead of keep it to yourself, ask your health professional immediately.

    Shawn's head shotOur featured health professional, Dr. Shawn gives our Elev8 readers a clearer picture on understanding your hormones and its relationship with your blood pressure.

    Check out what she had to say:

    Question:  Dr. Shawn,  my blood pressure registered 101/66 this evening.  I have also

    had an influx of heart fluttering for the past month…Can hormones cause the fluttering sensations?


    Answer:

    A blood pressure of 101/66 in itself is not pathological.  For many people this is normal blood pressure.  However, when coupled with menstrual cycle irregularities as described, it may be due to anemia caused by excessive blood loss.  Menstrual cycle irregularities may also be structural or caused by hormone imbalances. Uterine fibroids are a common cause of heavy menstrual cycle.  Family history is a key factor in the development of fibroids.  There is often a history of fibroids developing in women of the same family. Race also appears to play a role. Women of African descent are two to three times more likely to develop fibroids than women of other races and at a younger age than Caucasian women.  Hormone imbalances such as thyroid, estrogen, prolactin and progesterone can also cause abnormal uterine bleeding.

    Other symptoms associated with anemia may include fatigue, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, and headaches.  Anemia due to blood loss from any source causes volume decrease.  Decrease total body blood volume, decreases the amount of blood the heart circulates to all the organ systems including the heart itself.  This can cause different types of cardiac arrhythmias such as tachycardia (fast heart rate) or PVC’s (extra heart beats).

    If you want to know more about understanding your hormones and blood pressure, ASK DR. SHAWN

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