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Visible veins on hands and chest, worsen on stress and eating, have strong pulse on head and body. What could this be?

a few months ago i noticed that the veins on the inside of my hand are becoming extremely visible. then they started to appear around the right side of chest . i noticed that eating and stress can make it get worse and i do have a history of high blood pressure . later on i noticed that my pulse is alot stronger in my body and in my head. i can only feel it in my head when im laying down but it feels alot stronger then normal. i cant see a doctor without insurance and im very worried. does anyone know what this could be?
Asked On : Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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Dear patient,

Thanks for your concerns. Indeed, when systemic blood pressure is elevated, then you can see an increase of central venous pressure and thus more noticeable veins; I would encourage you to see a medical provider since you already have a diagnosis of high blood pressure and you need to make sure that it is adequatele controlled.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Fri, 20 Sep 2013
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