The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. That’s approximately one in every three adults. Unfortunately, hypertension doesn’t present any noticeable symptoms, so you might be at risk and not even know it. At Aspen Medical Group, Inc. in Corona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, California, the team regularly works with patients to manage hypertension and lower their risk of heart disease. To request your appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that occurs when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is too high for an extended period of time. Left untreated, hypertension damages your blood vessels and increases your risk of serious complications, including heart disease and strokes.
Hypertension typically develops over many years. Fortunately, it’s also easy to diagnose and treat. Familiarizing yourself with your numbers is the first step toward managing hypertension.
Surprisingly, high blood pressure usually doesn’t present any symptoms. Because of this, it’s often referred to as the “silent killer.” Some people do experience headaches, nose bleeds, or shortness of breath, but these symptoms usually don’t develop until their blood pressure is at a life-threatening stage. Since there aren’t symptoms to watch out for, it’s essential to take preventive measures and visit the team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. at least once every year.
To diagnose hypertension, your Aspen Medical Group, Inc. provider places an inflatable arm cuff around your bicep and acquires a measurement with a pressure-reading gauge. Your doctor measures blood pressure in millimeters over mercury (mm Hg) and writes it out with two separate numbers. The top number measures the pressure of blood in your arteries when your heart beats (systolic pressure), and the lower number measures the pressure in your arteries between beats.
The American Heart Association considers a healthy blood pressure reading below 120/80 mm Hg. Elevated blood pressure occurs with a systolic reading of 120, while Stage 1 hypertension occurs at 130/80 and higher. Stage 2 hypertension, on the other hand, occurs at a reading of 140/90 or higher.
Whenever possible, the team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. uses conservative measures of care to treat hypertension. For example, clinical studies show that eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight can significantly lower your blood pressure.
If your numbers remain high, even after lifestyle changes, the team might recommend prescription medications. The type of medication from which you’ll see the most benefit depends on your overall health and your unique blood pressure measurements. Your doctor develops a treatment plan that aligns with your unique needs and health history.
If you’re concerned about your risk of hypertension, make an appointment at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. by calling the office or requesting one online today.