High Blood Pressure Q & A
What is blood pressure?
Your blood pressure is a measure of the pressure placed on your artery walls during and between heartbeats. Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood through your arteries. That creates pressure against the walls of those arteries.
Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers. The first, your systolic blood pressure, is the amount of pressure placed on arterial walls during heartbeats. The second number, your diastolic blood pressure, is the amount of pressure placed on arterial walls in the pause between heartbeats.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined as levels that exceed 140 mmHg systolic and 90 mmHg diastolic. As you near those numbers, you might be diagnosed as having prehypertension.
What are the dangers of high blood pressure?
Living with high blood pressure places your body under considerable strain. Various organs and systems can be harmed, leading to serious health issues and a compromised quality of life.
Some of the health risks associated with high blood pressure include:
These are just a few of the many problems that can arise if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure. Making matters worse, many of these conditions don’t show clear symptoms until the problem has reached a critical stage.
What can I do to lower my blood pressure?
The best way to bring your blood pressure readings down is to make improvements in your lifestyle. Bettering your daily diet, increasing your activity levels, and finding healthy ways to manage stress are all important components of reducing your blood pressure.
Medication can also play a role in your treatment plan. There are many medications to choose from. Some work by slowing the transfer of calcium into your heart cells and the walls of your blood vessels, which helps keep your blood vessels open. Other drugs dilate your blood vessels to improve the flow of blood.
There are medications that help you flush out excess salt and water from your body, and others that alter the way your sympathetic nervous system works to control your heart. Your practitioner can guide you toward the options best suited for your needs.
If you’d like to know your current blood pressure levels or are ready to explore treatment options, schedule a visit with Alexandria Immediate Care today. Online booking is one option, or you can always schedule online.