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High Blood Pressure and Weak Respiratory Muscles


Studies indicate that there is some association between a person's blood pressure and weak respiratory muscles. Respiration in the lungs has a definite influence over the creation of pressure in blood vessels and the oxygen delivered during the respiratory cycle affect the receptors in the body regions. This means the rate of respiration may be influenced by changing blood pressures.



If there is a weakness in the respiratory act - basically problems with breathing, the blood pressure may be affected. For example if a person encounters pathogenic effects of pulmonary infections like pneumothorax, the blood pressure within the blood vessels changes and the blood pressure may decrease to a dangerous level.


If a person with an in-balance in pulmonary functions is given a general anesthesia, the blood pressure may reduce drastically particularly during the stages of deeper anesthesia. This can be a life threatening situation and should be carefully monitored during anesthesia.


Since it is evident there is a dependency between blood pressure and weak respiratory muscles, it is important to understand the diseases affecting the respiratory system and its impact on related organs.


A link between blood pressure and weak respiratory muscles has been discovered in African American women, among whom, even younger women suffer with blood pressure problems. This link is still being researched with interest.


High blood pressure [ Hypertension ] is a serious problem for African Americans. It is believed from statistics that as much as 30% of African American adults suffer from high blood pressure whereas it is only 22% for white American adults.

Severe hypovolemia is another respiratory problem that can have an affect on blood pressure. Alveolar integration is affected in this condition and the respiratory muscles may become weak due to poor perfusion of respiratory organs. As a consequence due to the association between blood pressure and weak respiratory muscles, the chances of a person's blood pressure becoming too low is greatly enhanced.

It's important to record the blood pressure measurement on a regular basis of all people suffering from respiratory problems. The involvement of the brain and related structures also needs to be ruled out. This is because in some cases problems in the pathway between the sites passing impulses for correct respiration and the sites of assisting structures such as respiratory muscles all have an impact on the blood pressure.

The association between problems with a person's blood pressure and weakened respiratory muscles in cases of respiratory disorders usually show evidence of hypoxia as in the case of weakened respiratory muscles and in this case the blood pressure becomes modified.

Interdependent factors such as blood pressure and weak respiratory muscles are always considered before delivering treatment. There is also many factors to be taken into account in these cases as medication to treat one problem can often be found to exacerbate another.





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