What is hypertension?
Hypertension is a dangerous condition in which the pressure within your blood vessels is too high. This condition puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, both of which can be fatal. In most cases, hypertension is very manageable with help from your care providers at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria.
What should my blood pressure reading be?
When you check your blood pressure, you’ll see two numbers. For example, 120/80 mmHg. The top number, your systolic blood pressure, shows the level of pressure during heartbeats. The other number, your diastolic blood pressure, shows the level of pressure when your heart’s at rest between beats.
Blood pressure falls into ranges:
Blood pressure of 180/120 mmHg is a medical emergency known as hypertensive crisis. If your blood pressure grows that high, proceed to the ER closest to you immediately.
What causes hypertension?
There’s often no single clear cause of hypertension. It usually develops slowly over the years, most commonly appearing in middle age or senior years. Many things put you at risk for hypertension, including:
Although you can’t control age, race, or family history, most things that put you at risk for hypertension are very controllable. They’re also some of the same things you need to change if you’re trying to lower your blood pressure.
How is hypertension treated?
Your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria care provider customizes a treatment plan based on your blood pressure and symptoms. Usually, lifestyle changes are the most important factor in lowering your blood pressure.
Common steps include losing weight, beginning a regular exercise routine, and reducing sodium intake. Some medications, for example, decongestants, corticosteroids, and oral contraceptives, raise your blood pressure, so you might need to change medication with your doctor’s help.
If you’re unable to reduce your blood pressure through healthy changes, your doctor may prescribe oral medication to help. Always take medication as directed, under your doctor’s supervision.
You can beat or manage hypertension with help from AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria. Click the online scheduler or call the office for hypertension treatment now.