High Blood Pressure

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Family Medical Center

Family Medicine located in Orlando, FL

An estimated 103 million Americans are living with high blood pressure. That’s nearly one-third of the population! Left unmanaged, high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including a heart attack or stroke. Family Medical Center in Orlando, Florida, regularly works with patients of all ages to diagnose and treat high blood pressure. If you’re concerned about your cardiovascular health, make an appointment at Family Medical Center today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.

High Blood Pressure Q&A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure or hypertension is a common, life-threatening condition that occurs when the force of the blood pumping against the walls of your arteries is too high for an extended period of time. If your blood pressure remains high for months or even years at a time, it damages your blood vessels and heart. Ultimately, this increases your risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and stroke. 

High blood pressure usually develops slowly, over a lengthy period of time. Fortunately, it’s also easy to treat. By regularly visiting Family Medical Center and monitoring your numbers, you can keep your heart happy and healthy for years to come.  

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

In its early stages, high blood pressure presents very few obvious symptoms. Because of this, many medical professionals call it the silent killer. Some people with high blood pressure experience headaches, nose bleeds, and shortness of breath, but these problems usually don’t occur until hypertension is at life-threatening levels. 

Who gets high blood pressure?

High blood pressure affects people of all ages, backgrounds, and genders, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Being overweight
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Using tobacco
  • Eating a high-sodium diet

You’re also more likely to develop high blood pressure if you’re regularly stressed out, or you regularly consume alcohol. 

How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

To diagnose high blood pressure, your Family Medical Center provider uses an inflatable arm cuff attached to a special pressure-measuring gauge. They give you your blood pressure reading in millimeters over mercury (mm Hg). It features two numbers: your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. 

Systolic blood pressure refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts; diastolic blood pressure refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries between beats.

The American Heart Association says a normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 mm Hg or lower. If your systolic reading ranges 130-139 and your diastolic ranges from 80-89, you have stage 1 hypertension. 

How is high blood pressure treated?

Family Medical Center usually treats high blood pressure using conservative measures of care. Healthy lifestyle changes can significantly lower your numbers and reduce your risk of heart disease. If you have high blood pressure, your provider might recommend:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Cutting back on salt
  • Regularly exercising
  • Losing weight

If your blood pressure stays high, even after these lifestyle changes, prescription medications may be necessary. Depending on your age and health history, your provider might recommend thiazide diuretics, beta-blockers, or another type of medication. 

Family Medical Center also offers a physician-assisted weight loss program. This program provides one-on-one counseling to help you keep your weight in check.

Don’t wait to get your high blood pressure under control. Request an appointment at Family Medical Center today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.