Around 75 million Americans are living with hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure. If you’re among them, finding ways to lower those numbers is important. Advantage Healthcare Specialists, serving men and women in Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich, and Arlington Heights, Illinois, and their surrounding suburbs can help. High blood pressure can cause many different health problems, so don’t delay booking an appointment to start improving your readings. You can schedule online, or you’re always welcome to call the office to book your visit.
To understand hypertension, or high blood pressure, it helps to think about how your circulatory system works. Every time your heart beats it pushes blood through your arteries. Your blood pressure is the force that the blood places on your arterial walls.
Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. Your systolic blood pressure is the pressure placed on artery walls during heartbeats. Your diastolic blood pressure is the pressure placed on artery walls in the brief pauses between heartbeats.
Normal blood pressure is at or below 120 systolic and 80 diastolic. If your numbers rise to 139 systolic and 89 diastolic you are considered at risk of hypertension, and anything above those levels should prompt treatment.
High blood pressure places a significant strain on your body and can lead to numerous health issues. Some of the repercussions of hypertension include:
High blood pressure is sometimes called a “silent killer” because you may not notice symptoms until serious damage has already been done. That’s why routine physical exams are so important.
Your treatment path depends on your blood pressure readings and your overall health. In some cases, lifestyle modifications can reduce blood pressure. Improving your diet, getting more exercise, and losing a few extra pounds can go a long way toward bringing your blood pressure back under control.
Medication might also play a role in lowering your blood pressure. There are many different types of medication to choose from, and your practitioner works with you to find the right mix of drugs to lower and regulate your blood pressure.
In some cases, another medical condition like diabetes, kidney disease, or thyroid issues, causes hypertension. In these cases, your treatment path may focus on managing those conditions, and your blood pressure may improve as treatment progresses.
To find out if your blood pressure is in a healthy range, or to explore methods of reducing hypertension, schedule an appointment at Advantage Healthcare Specialists online or over the phone.