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High Blood Pressure

What type of doctor should I see?

08/27/2007

Question:

I was bite by a Black Widow spider back on 10/18/2006. Since then my blood pressue has been extremely elevated. I am now 60 years old. I know initialy symtoms are increased blood pressue, but would the effects still be causing this?

Answer:

Bites by black widow spiders can cause high blood pressure.  Although most of the effects begin to improve after the first day, some symptoms can last several days or even weeks.  If your blood pressure stays elevated for more than two to three weeks, it is probably no longer related to the spider bite.

High blood pressure is common, and its frequency increases with age.  You may have developed essential hypertension at this time and will require life long treatment. You should speak with your physician about this.

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Response by:

Max C Reif, MD Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati