Hypertension / High Blood Pressure
What You Should Know About High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or “hypertension” means that the force
of an individual’s bloodstream against their artery walls is too
high on a consistent basis. Generally, blood pressure is considered high
at 140 / 90 and dangerously high at 180 / 120. If left untreated, hypertension
can also lead to dangerous conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
How Common Is High Blood Pressure?
Approximately 1 in 3 American adults over the age of 20 have high blood
pressure. That equals about 80 million people. Of this number, 20% don’t
know they have this condition.
High blood pressure can affect your health in a number of ways, causing
conditions such as:
- Heart failure
- Sexual dysfunction
- Vision problems
- Kidney disease / kidney failure
- Heart attack
Do I Have High Blood Pressure?
In most cases, high blood pressure does not have obvious signs or symptoms.
If not treated, however, high blood pressure can put you at increased
risk for conditions such as heart attack or stroke, due to significant
damage caused to your circulatory system. Find out if you have high blood
pressure by getting your blood pressure checked.
Preventing & Managing Hypertension
While high blood pressure cannot be “cured” with treatment,
there are lifestyle changes you can make to increase your health and lower
your risk of complications related to hypertension. Additionally, you
can take steps to prevent high blood pressure. Ask your doctor at Washington
Township Medical Foundation in Fremont, CA about lifestyle changes that
can help you prevent or manage hypertension.
Some tips include:
- Eating a balanced, nutritious diet
- Limiting your sodium intake to a safe range
- Limiting your alcohol consumption
- Keeping your weight healthy
- Staying on track with your medications
- Maintaining a regular exercise program