Blood pressure is a term that refers to the amount of pressure your blood puts against your arterial walls. When this pressure is over safe levels, it’s described as hypertension or high blood pressure.
Understanding High Blood Pressure And How It’s Treated
It’s possible to have hypertension for many years without experiencing any symptoms or negative results. However, when high blood pressure is unaddressed, it can be a source of serious concern for your lasting health. Hypertension is the leading cause of preventable death in the world and is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, kidney failure, dementia, and other conditions.
Blood pressure is measured in units of millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and include two distinct numbers. These numbers are separated into a top number (systolic) and a bottom number (diastolic).
- Systolic Pressure – This number indicates the pressure occurring within your arteries during a heartbeat.
- Diastolic Pressure – This number rates the pressure occurring within your arteries when your heart is between contractions.
There is a range of symptoms that can indicate the presence of hypertension. Nosebleeds, trouble breathing, chest pain, and headaches can all be indicators of blood pressure that is too high. However, symptoms are typically only present when high blood pressure is quite severe. This is why we must keep an eye on our blood pressure with regular monitoring..
Regular monitoring of your blood pressure is important – especially as you get older. After you reach 40 years of age, it is recommended that your physician check your blood pressure every year. However, checking your blood pressure outside the doctor’s office is also important. Inexpensive and reliable blood pressure monitors are available and home blood pressure readings can be valuable in helping your physician decide your best treatment options.
High blood pressure is exceedingly common. Currently, 46% of adults have high blood pressure. Yet, less than half of those with high blood pressure have it controlled despite the availability of effective treatments.
Contact Our Team At HealthspanMD™ in Phoenix, Arizona For Help With High Blood Pressure
If you have hypertension or are concerned about your blood pressure, it’s time to speak to our team. We specialize in the treatment of hypertension and have been helping patients with hypertension get the best care for their blood pressure so they can lower their risk of heart disease, stroke, atrial fibrillation, kidney disease, dementia, and early death. HealthspanMD™ specializes in a personalized, comprehensive, and connected approach that includes natural treatments like weight loss, improved diet, and lifestyle changes as a foundational approach. Our treatment goal is to minimize or eliminate medications as often as possible. Still, if blood pressure medications are needed, we ensure our patients are on the best medications with the strongest benefits. Reach out to us to arrange your HealthspanMD™ consultation today!
Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, MD, FACC, FASE has extensive experience in treating patients with high blood pressure concerns. He established HealthspanMD™ to help patients live long, healthy, and vital lives. He brings over 25 years of experience at respected institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and the Banner Heart Institute. With over 50 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 educational presentations, he continues to be active in advancing heart health and providing leading-edge care for his patients.