Important Facts About High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, affects nearly half of all American adults…and many of them don’t even realize they have it. This is because there are often no signs of high blood pressure.
In addition, only about 1-in-4 adults with high blood pressure actually have the condition well-controlled, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control, and high blood pressure costs the U.S. around $131 billion annually.
This is one of the main reasons that high blood pressure is referred to as a “silent” disease—often are no obvious high blood pressure signs, and the only way to determine if you have high blood pressure it to have it checked regularly by one of our internal medicine doctors in Cary as part of an annual wellness exam.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can have a powerful impact on your health, putting you at greater risk of heart disease and strokes.
We’ll provide useful facts and insights into high blood pressure as well as tips you can use to help lower it under the supervision of one of our experienced internal medicine physicians.
What are Considered High Blood Pressure Numbers?
When your doctor measures your blood pressure, the reading is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and is given as two numbers, for example—“110 over 80.” This represents two readings: the systolic (as in this case, the 110) and the diastolic (in this case, the 80).
When your heart beats, it sends blood throughout your body, and the pressure or force of the blood against your artery walls is considered the systolic pressure. The diastolic pressure is the amount of force against your arteries in between your heartbeats.
You are considered “at risk” for prehypertension if your systolic number is in the 120 to 130 mmHg range and your diastolic is in the 80 to 89 mmHg rang.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is defined as having a systolic number of 140 mm Hg or higher and a diastolic of 90 mm Hg or higher
Normal blood pressure means your systolic should be less than 120 mmHg and your diastolic less than 80 mmHg
For more than 25 years, we’ve helped Cary residents who are struggling to maintain a healthy blood pressure, and we can offer safe and effective treatment that is tailored to help you. This means we look at the overall picture of your health through regular wellness appointments and physicals, which can pinpoint chronic medical conditions before they put you at risk for more serious health issues.
Depending upon your individual case, we may use dietary and lifestyle changes in addition to medication to lower your blood pressure to safe levels.
Is There an Effective High Blood Pressure Diet?
A nutritious diet is a part of a healthy lifestyle, and we encourage our patients to schedule an appointment with our dietitian, Nicole Matala to help ensure they are on the right track. Even making small adjustments to your diet can help you maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
What Are Some Other Ways to Lower High Blood Pressure Numbers?
In addition to diet, we recommend these lifestyle changes:
- Stop smoking
Smoking is one of the worst habits for your health because not only does it raise your blood pressure, but it also places you at greater risk for stroke and heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 16 million Americans are living with diseases that are a direct result of smoking.
- Reduce caffeine
We’re not saying you have to completely give up your Starbuck’s, but just be aware that caffeine can raise blood pressure in those who don’t consume it that often. There are still studies being done to determine the total impact of caffeine on blood pressure, so we encourage you to speak with us for the latest information.
- Control stress
We live in a hectic world. Between work, school and a variety of activities, it’s very easy to let stress and anxiety take hold of your life—it’s not unusual for many people to feel overwhelmed and upset.
If you are constantly worried or if stress is making it difficult to complete everyday activities, we can make some recommendations to help you, which may include relaxation techniques and regular exercise. Speak to us for more information.
Do You Know If You Have High Blood Pressure? Visit Cary Medical Group Today
In conclusion, it’s very possible to have high blood pressure without any signs or symptoms, which is why yearly wellness exams are so important for your overall health. We can determine if you have high blood pressure, treat it, and monitor it regularly. Our internal medicine physicians are experts at helping our patients manage chronic diseases.
Of course, we’re concerned about all aspects of your health and want to work together to ensure you’re living the healthiest life possible, which is one reason why we would consider it a privilege to be your medical home.
See why we’ve been the premier medical provider in Cary for more than 25 years.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.