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Can you have a heart attack without high blood pressure ?

Can you have a heart attack without high blood pressure?
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
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Another yes here too! Heart attacks occur when your heart for some reason doesn't get the oxygen it needs for a period of time. There are things that can cause the vessels of the heart to spasm and for a split second close down the heart vessels and cause heart attack pain. Then there is the whole blocked artery thing. That usually happens over a period of time and as plaque builds up in the vessels the pathway gets narrower and regardless of what someones BP is...they're heading for a heart attack. High blood pressure adds to the problem by stressing the heart, making the vessels less elastic, causing kidney damage (which affects BP too). A low blood pressure is helpful but it ain't a completely safe insurance policy! Hope this helps. Jeff the nurse in Nashville.
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