While approximately a third of Americans have high blood pressure, only around half of them are working with physicians to control their disease. At Grace Medical, in Houston, Alice Amah Ajim, MD, diagnoses and treats high blood pressure from offices located in the Downtown and Southeast regions of the city. If you’re due for a screening or are looking for a patient-focused physician to help you manage your condition, call Grace Medical or make an appointment online today.
Your blood pressure is the measurement of the force your blood puts on to the insides of your blood vessels. It’s measured in two numbers that represent that force when your heart beats (systolic) and when your heart is at rest (diastolic). Blood pressure is written as 120/80 mm Hg, which is considered healthy.
However, when your systolic blood pressure is above 120, your blood pressure is elevated. When your systolic pressure is 130 or higher, and your diastolic pressure is greater than 80, you have high blood pressure. The greater your numbers are, the more severe your condition.
Many factors contribute to high blood pressure. For example, your behavior can increase your risk of hypertension. Some of the lifestyle factors that cause high blood pressure include:
Additionally, if you have a family history of high blood pressure, you’re more likely to develop the condition. Your risk of high blood pressure also increases as you age or if you have certain health problems such as thyroid disease, diabetes, or kidney disease.
High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer” because it doesn’t usually cause any symptoms until you have a severe cardiac event like a heart attack or stroke. However, as your blood pressure increases, you may experience symptoms, including:
The best way to monitor your blood pressure is to have regular screenings. You should have your blood pressure checked at least once every two years between the ages of 18-39.
When you reach the age of 40 or if you have a high risk of hypertension, you should talk to your provider about having a blood pressure screening every year or more frequently.
Grace Medical takes an integrative approach to medicine and considers your overall health and wellness while creating a customized treatment plan.
For example, you may be able to lower your blood pressure with some lifestyle modifications. Grace Medical offers customized weight management programs that can help you change your diet and exercise habits. Additionally, if you use tobacco products, your doctor can help you quit smoking.
However, if lifestyle modifications aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure, your provider can prescribe medication such as diuretics, calcium channel blockers, and ACE inhibitors.
Call Grace Medical or schedule a consultation online today if you’re looking for expert, personalized treatment for high blood pressure.