High Blood Pressure Management Q&A
High blood pressure usually appears with time. It can occur due to inappropriate lifestyle options, including a lack of routine physical activity. High blood pressure is a serious health condition that typically goes unnoticed but may result in a heart attack, stroke, and other possibly fatal medical issues. Dr. Mohamed Nassar M.D. offers high blood pressure management to help manage your blood pressure. Contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373.
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Simply put, blood pressure refers to the pressure of your blood as it pushes against the walls of your arteries. Your arteries are very important, as they carry blood and its necessary components from your heart to other parts of your body. Throughout the day, your blood pressure may rise and fall as you cycle through various activities. While it is normal for it to fluctuate, high blood pressure (formally referred to as hypertension) is a condition in which your blood pressure is consistently at higher levels than normal.
Normally, our blood pressure is measured using two different numbers. The first number is called systolic blood pressure, and it measures the pressure in your arteries as your heart beats. The second number is known as diastolic blood pressure, and it measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats. Therefore, when a healthcare professional is taking your blood pressure, if the measurement reads 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, the individual wo;; say that your blood pressure is “120 over 80,” or write, “120/80 mmHg.” A reading of 120 over 80 is generally considered the normal range for blood pressure. If your blood pressure reads as 130/80 mm/hg or higher, based on 2017 guidelines, that may mean you have high blood pressure.
In most cases, high blood pressure does not present any signs or symptoms, which is why it’s very important to have your blood pressure checked regularly when you visit the doctor, particularly if you’re an older adult or are at high risk for cardiovascular disease or issues. High blood pressure can lead to various health issues, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, and so on. Technically, the symptoms of high blood pressure are actually the symptoms of the conditions it can lead to or contribute to.
Generally, high blood pressure is something that develops over time. Certain people may be at higher risk for blood pressure, including older adults, those with obesity, or those with type 1 or 2 diabetes. Stress levels in your everyday life can also be a main contributor to high blood pressure (as well as other various health issues). This is why if you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure, one of the first recommendations apart from managing your other conditions may be to reduce or manage stress better in your life.
Over time, high blood pressure can lead to some very serious issues, ranging from problems with important organs like your heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes.
High blood pressure may damage your arteries by making them less elastic. This decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart, which can lead to heart disease. Decreased blood flow to the heart can also cause chest pain (angina), heart attack, or heart failure. High blood pressure can also lead to stroke and brain problems. It can also cause the arteries that give blood and oxygen to the brain to be blocked or even burst, which can result in a stroke. During a stroke, brain cells can die because they do not get enough oxygen, and a stroke can cause disabilities in speech, movement, and other basic life activities. A stroke can also be life-threatening. Additionally, having high blood pressure, especially in midlife, has been linked to poorer cognitive function and even dementia later on.
If you have high blood pressure or any of the resulting issues mentioned above, Dr. Nassar, MD, can help. As an experienced internal medicine specialist, Dr. Nassar treats patients experiencing issues with the body’s main systems, including their cardiovascular system. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373. We serve patients from Redlands CA, Loma Linda CA, Mentone CA, Highland CA, Moonlight Rim CA, Grand Terrace CA, El Casco CA, Greenspot CA, and surrounding areas.