Despite the fact that high blood pressure on its own typically doesn’t have any symptoms, it can cause significant and irreversible harm. This is exactly why Headley Family Medicine is focused on treating high blood pressure the moment it is identified. Every patient who visits our Wayne county doctors office gets a blood pressure measurement taken in order to identify any immediate signs of trouble.
Some of the serious medical issues that can be caused by high blood pressure include heart attack, kidney failure, heart failure and stroke. The good news, however, is that our Jesup doctors have the knowledge and practical experience to effectively treat high blood pressure before any serious medical problems develop.
Blood pressure is the measurment of the force created when blood pushes against the artery walls. Blood is pumped through your arteries every time your heart beats. As your heart beats and pushes blood through your system, your blood pressure reaches its highest, and that’s displayed as the systolic blood pressure. This is the top number in a blood pressure reading. Your Jesup doctors also measure the pressure when your heart is at rest in between beats. The pressure falls when the heart is resting and that gives the 2nd number in a blood pressure reading, known as the diastolic blood pressure.
Typical Blood Pressure Levels and What They Mean:
- 120/80 and lower is considered to be a normal blood pressure
- 140/90 and higher is considered high blood pressure
- 120 and 139 systolic (top number), or between 80 and 89 diastolic (bottom number) is called pre- hypertension
How You Can Lower and Maintain a Health Blood Pressure
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products of any kind
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get lots of regular exercise
- Eat a healthy balanced low fat diet including sufficient protein, fruits, and vegetables
- Minimize sodium, alcohol and caffeine consumption.
- Check with your Jesup doctors about best ways to manage stress
Although high blood pressure can result in many dangerous conditions, it can be lowered, controlled and maintained with changes in lifestyle and new habits. It is essential that even younger patients maintain healthy habits relating to blood pressure and overall heart health to reduce the danger of serious complications down the road.
If you are worried about your heart and blood pressure or if you need our Jesup doctors to analyze your risks for heart attack, stroke or kidney failure, contact us today for an appointment.