Increased blood pressure

Increased blood pressure can be described as a condition in which the pressure in the systemic arteries is elevated to abnormal levels. A blood pressure of 120/80 is considered normal for an adult. A blood pressure of 90/60 or lower is considered hypotension and a blood pressure between 120/80 and 90/60 is considered prehypotension. [1] Conversely a blood pressure greater than 120/80 and less than 139/89 is considered prehypertension. [2]

Within the medical literature, a situation in which a person's blood pressure is very high (e.g., >180/>110 mmHg) with minimal or no symptoms, and no signs or symptoms indicating acute organ damage is referred to as a "hypertensive urgency". [3] [4] In contrast, a situation where severe blood pressure is accompanied by evidence of progressive organ or system damage is referred to as a "hypertensive emergency". [5]

Increased blood pressure is most commonly induced under the influence of heavy dosages of deliriants and vasoconstricting compounds, such as traditional stimulants and stimulating psychedelics.


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