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Re: Blood pressure and vigorous exercise

Date: Mon Aug 14 08:32:25 2000
Posted By: Michael Martin-Smith, Other (pls. specify below), Family Physician, Fellow,BIS, amateur astronomer( BAA), British Interplanetary Society
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 965939749.Me

Damage from high blood pressure to blood vessels in the eyes is likely 
either if sustained over a long period ( as in hypertension) or if blood 
vessels are otherwise impaired as for example in diabetes or 
hyperlipidaemia( high blood fats levels). More rarely, there might be 
a genetic or constitutional predisposition as with microaneurysms- but 
this is very unusual.
 Athletes or body builders are unlikely to fall into the above risk 


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