After your practitioner slips that cuff off your arm, he or she will provide you with two numbers. But if you’re not sure what ideal blood pressure should be, those numbers aren’t that helpful. What Dr. Gadh is looking for is blood pressure that is at or below 120/80 mm/Hg. Once your blood pressure rises slightly above that, he’ll keep close watch over you, since you’ll be in a pre-hypertension stage. Having blood pressure above 140/90 mm/Hg is considered high.
Yes. Having high blood pressure puts extra strain on your blood vessels and arteries, which ultimately puts extra wear-and-tear on your heart. Over time, this can increase your risk of heart attack or heart failure. But there are other things you should be concerned about if your blood pressure is high. You can be at risk for:
Probably not. High blood pressure doesn’t have any specific symptoms, which is why it’s known as a “silent killer.” The best you can do is check your blood pressure regularly, especially if you have a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease. You can easily check your blood pressure on your own at most major pharmacies.
Yes. Exactly what you need to do though, depends on your overall health. For instance, if you are overweight, dropping a few pounds can make a big difference in your blood pressure numbers. But if your blood pressure is dangerously high, vigorous exercise might not be suitable for you at first. Dr. Gadh can help you determine exactly which lifestyle factors you can adjust to help lower your blood pressure.
Often, lowering your blood pressure starts in your kitchen. You’ll likely need to make changes in your diet. Aside from diet and exercise, Dr. Gadh can prescribe medications that can open up your blood vessels, which helps lower your blood pressure. When you’re first prescribed blood pressure medication there may be some adjustments until the best medications and the right dosage are determined.
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