Blood pressure is the amount of pressure your blood exerts as it passes through your blood vessels. When that pressure is higher than normal, damage can occur to the vessels, cardiovascular organs, and other tissues. Blood pressure is measured using two values: one that reflects the pressure in your vessels when your heart is beating (systolic pressure) and one that reflects the pressure when your heart is at rest between beats (diastolic pressure).
A person fits the criteria for high blood pressure diagnosis when their blood pressure consistently falls around 140/90 mmHg or higher. You might visit your primary care doctor and demonstrate a high reading. At that point, your doctor may request that you come back in for a few subsequent visits to see if your readings stay in the high range.
High blood pressure doesn’t present many symptoms until there is a medical crisis, so it is important to have regular screenings. While some blood pressure issues are hereditary, high blood pressure can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. Eating a healthy and balanced diet and exercising regularly are important to protecting and preserving cardiovascular health. Other healthy choices like avoiding tobacco products and managing stress help to prevent hypertension.
The single best way you can minimize your chances of getting high blood pressure is leading a healthy lifestyle. This means consuming a nutritionally-balanced diet that is low in sodium, getting regular physical activity, following weight management practices, avoiding tobacco, managing stress levels, and limiting alcohol intake.
Being aware of your high blood pressure is the most important step in appropriately treating and managing it. One-fifth of people with high blood pressure are not even aware that they have the condition. That’s why regularly visiting your doctor for blood pressure readings is so essential.
Hypertension is manageable. Depending on how high your blood pressure is, your doctor may prescribe medications to help lower it. Regardless of whether you require medications or not, Dr. Dadkhah will work with you to implement healthier lifestyle tips to keep your blood pressure within an acceptable range.
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