What You Should Know About High Blood Pressure and Treatment Options

Posted on: October 16, 2017

We treat high blood pressure in our office and encourage anyone who is suffering from this to visit us today. It is important to maintain proper blood pressure levels in order to be healthy and to prevent further problems with things like heart disease. Therefore, addressing this problem is wise and the sooner the better.

How common is high blood pressure?

Around 3 million people in the US suffer from blood pressure that is too high. These are just the ones that are diagnosed by a doctor. There could be significantly more.

How is it diagnosed?

We can diagnose it in our office in a matter of minutes. There may be factors causing high blood pressure but they may only be temporary so to truly know what a person's blood pressure is on a regular basis, we may want to check it couple of times.

How high is too high?

For someone to have hypertension, we are normally looking for a blood pressure that is above 130/80. Anything above 180/120 is considered severe and could be dangerous.

Is there anything that can be done at home?

Yes, there are certain steps the patient can take to reduce their blood pressure at home. How effective they are, will be based on what is causing high blood pressure in the first place and how someone responds to these self-care treatments. They include:

  • Eating less salt
  • Drinking more water
  • Losing weight
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Using meditation or yoga to help reduce stress
  • Exercising on a regular basis

Medication may be the best option for treatment

In our office, we can prescribe medication that can be taken on a daily basis to help lower blood pressure. This is often necessary for hypertension or severe high blood pressure. Especially if the cause of this is genetic, medication may be the only way to truly address the problem.

Long-term health problems caused by untreated high blood pressure

Treating blood pressure is important because it can lead to additional health problems. These are significantly worse than blood pressure issues and can even lead to death. The most troubling is the fact that high blood pressure can lead to coronary artery disease where there is damage to the heart and blood vessels. It can also lead to a heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart muscles. Angina or chest pain can also result. Many people do not realize that high blood pressure can even cause problems with the kidneys.

With all of these conditions, there could be a need for ongoing treatment and quality of life could be severely diminished. As such, it is important to treat the problem early and continue taking medication and making proper diet and lifestyle changes to prevent these problems from occurring. We can help with that.

Schedule an appointment

We are here and available to provide assistance in the treatment of high blood pressure. Call today to discuss the options that are available to you and get started to both improve your health and prevent future health problems.