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Hypertension

Can high blood pressure cause shortness of breath?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    What High Blood Pressure Does to the Heart
    When high blood pressure causes the heart muscle to thicken, there is less space for the oxygen-rich blood to flow from the lungs into the chamber or ventricle that pumps it to the rest of the body. This can cause blood to back up into the lungs, causing shortness of breath.



  • AJoseph H. Henderson, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of Greenville Health System
    Typically, high blood pressure does not cause any symptoms. However, over time, high blood pressure can cause thickening and stiffening of the heart wall and eventually shortness of breath.

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