Can high blood pressure cause shortness of breath?

Ali R. Rahimi, MD
Internal Medicine
When the blood pressure makes the heart larger, it can affect our ability to breathe, says Ali Rahimi, MD, from MountainView Hospital. Learn how this happens by watching this video.
Joseph H. Henderson, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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.

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Clinically known as hypertension, high blood pressure can cause a host of problems if left untreated. The most common type of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure causes our hearts to work harder by forcing blood to push ag...

ainst the walls of our arteries at an elevated level. Hypertension is the leading cause of strokes and heart attack. It also increases your risk of having heart and kidney failure and hardening of the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis.

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