High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious health risk that can cause devastating problems, including early death. Silvia Los, MD, of SteadFast Primary Care in Katy, Texas, offers numerous treatments that can help you bring your blood pressure reading down to healthier levels. Begin today by calling the office or using the easy online booking tool to set up a visit.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often referred to as “the silent killer” because it usually does not present clear symptoms until a serious health issue has already developed. The best way to understand high blood pressure is to think about the way your body moves blood throughout your circulatory system.
Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood into your arteries. This action places pressure on the walls of your arteries, which can be easily measured.
If your arteries become weakened or damaged over time, or if they are hardened by plaque deposits, your heart has to work harder to move blood into the rest of your circulatory systems. That increases your blood pressure and begins a harmful cycle of negative health effects.
Your blood pressure readings are measured both during each heartbeat (systolic) and in the pause between heartbeats (diastolic). In general, readings less than 120 systolic and 80 diastolic are considered healthy, while anything above 130/80 enters the range of hypertension, and readings nearing 180/120 are considered a hypertensive crisis and a medical emergency.
It’s impossible to overstress the dangers of living with high blood pressure. Virtually every organ and system in your body is harmed when your blood pressure rises to unhealthy levels.
Some of the health risks with known links to high blood pressure include:
These are just some of the health problems that can be caused or worsened by high blood pressure.
There are many ways to bring your blood pressure readings down to healthier levels. Dr. Los works closely with you to determine the best treatment plan for your lifestyle and overall health condition.
Medications can help reduce blood pressure. Often, a combination of drugs work together, and it can take a while to find the right balance for your needs. Some work by helping your body move sodium and water through faster, while others relax blood vessels or slow your heart rate.
One of the best ways to bring your blood pressure readings down is to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Getting more exercise and choosing a diet rich in fruit and vegetables are great ways to lower your blood pressure. Improving sleep quality and finding healthy ways to manage stress can also be helpful.
Working with an experienced and compassionate primary care physician is a great way to manage high blood pressure and improve your overall health and wellness. If you’d like to sit down with Dr. Los and discuss her approach to primary care, call the office or click today to schedule a visit.