High blood pressure affects one in three adults in the United States or about 75 million Americans. Because this serious disease can damage your heart and increase your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, the experienced medical experts at Calvary Medical Clinic provide comprehensive treatment solutions to help improve your condition and keep it under control. Use the online scheduling tool or call Calvary Medical Clinic in Livingston, Cleveland, or Humble, Texas, to book an appointment today.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common circulatory disorder that develops when your blood flow exerts a higher amount of force against the walls of your arteries than normal over an extended period of time.
In addition to the one in three American adults who’ve already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, another one in three adults has elevated blood pressure or pre-hypertension.
A blood pressure reading measures the force your blood exerts on your arteries when your heart beats (systolic pressure) as well as the force your blood exerts when your heart rests between beats (diastolic pressure).
Systolic pressure is listed before or above diastolic pressure. A normal blood pressure reading is 119/79 or lower. If your blood pressure consistently reads 140/90 or higher, you may have chronic hypertension.
High blood pressure is sometimes called a “silent killer” because it’s possible to live with the condition for years without experiencing symptoms of any kind.
Regular blood pressure checks are so vital for catching the disease in its early, most treatable stage that blood pressure screenings are a routine part of every appointment or drop-in visit at Calvary Medical Clinic.
Your blood pressure is affected by a variety of influences, ranging from modifiable factors like dietary choices and stress levels to unalterable factors like age, race, and family history. The most significant risk factors for high blood pressure are:
High blood pressure is more prevalent among older adults, and your risk of developing the disorder increases substantially, starting in middle age.
High blood pressure tends to run in families, so you’re more likely to develop it if other close family members have it.
Being overweight places more pressure on your vessels because they have to handle an increased blood volume to carry a larger supply of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues.
Lack of exercise, eating a sodium-rich diet, smoking cigarettes, and drinking too much alcohol can contribute to the development of chronic hypertension.
While only about half of adults with high blood pressure have the condition under control, seeking proper care is the best way to reduce the likelihood of serious health complications.
Primary hypertension, the most common form of high blood pressure, can usually be brought back under control with healthy lifestyle changes, including:
If your blood pressure is extremely high, or if lifestyle changes don’t reduce your level fast enough, the team at Calvary Medical Clinic may prescribe medication to bring your numbers back in line more quickly.
To learn how the team at Calvary Medical Clinic can help you keep your blood pressure in check, call, drop by the office, or schedule an appointment online today.