High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure is a very common condition that is typically detected on a routine physical exam. Usually there are no symptoms, and if left untreated, can lead to heart attack or stroke.

The definition of hypertension states that:

  • <120/80 mmHg is normal Blood Pressure
  • 120-139/ 80-89 mmHg is PreHypertension
  • >140/90 mmHg is Hypertension

Blood Pressure is measured by your doctor or nurse using a Blood Pressure cuff and stethoscope that detects the force of blood as the heart pumps blood against the walls of  your arteries.

The more elevated the systolic (top ) number is, the greater the cardiovascular risk. You are at higher risk of hypertension if you:

  • Are a smoker
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a family history of high blood pressure
  • Are of African American descent
  • Are obese
  • Are often stressed or anxious
  • Are a female drinking >1 drink/day or a male drinking >2 drinks/day
  • Overuse salt in your diet

There are many treatments for hypertension, call us for more information or to setup a consultation for your specific blood pressure needs.