Why Monitoring Your Blood Pressure is Important
Stats and facts: According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure is when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. Almost 50% of Americans suffer from hypertension, however, many of those are unaware that they even have it because they do not have any symptoms to indicate their blood pressure is too high.
A normal blood pressure is a systolic (top number) of less than 120 mmHg and a diastolic (bottom number) of less than 80 mmHg. An elevated blood pressure is a systolic of 120-129 mmHg and a diastolic of less than 80mmHg. Hypertension is divided into stages. Stage 1 Hypertension is a systolic of 130-139 mmHg or a diastolic of 80-89 mmHg. Stage 2 Hypertension is a systolic of 140 or higher or a diastolic of at least 90 mmHg.
What are the causes? There are several factors such as family history, gender, race, and age that can increase your risk of having high blood pressure. There are also several modifiable risk factors that increase your risk as well. These are obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking history, alcohol intake, stress, and unhealthy diet.
Why is it important? Uncontrolled hypertension can cause damage to your heart, blood vessels, retinas, and kidneys and can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Hypertension cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with lifestyle changes and medication.
What should you be doing? If you or a family member is concerned about your risk factors and would like to have your blood pressure checked periodically, Urgent Specialists offers free blood pressure checks to our patients and members of the community. Public blood pressure machines, like those found in pharmacies and grocery stores, are helpful, but oftentimes inaccurate. We will provide you with a blood pressure log and will also contact your primary care office with your blood pressure readings. If you do not have a primary care doctor, we will assist you with establishing care with one to help monitor your blood pressure going forward.
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About Urgent Specialists
Urgent Specialists is a full-service urgent care, offering a higher level of service, backed up by Specialists in Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, and Ear, Nose and Throat, among other Specialties.