High blood pressure is known as a silent killer. The condition progresses without symptoms until reaching a crisis point, slowly doing damage that greatly increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure. At Modern Wellness Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, the experienced medical team can help you manage high blood pressure and other conditions like high cholesterol with lifestyle changes and medications. Call today to set up your appointment or use the online tool.
High blood pressure, often called hypertension, is diagnosed when your blood pushes too forcefully against the walls of your arteries.
Blood pressure measurements are represented by two numbers: an upper number (systolic) that shows the force when your heart beats and a lower number (diastolic) that shows the force when your heart rests between beats. When allowed to persist, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and vision loss.
Blood pressure is measured using an arm cuff, and the staff performs a measurement at almost every appointment. If you consistently show high blood pressure at three consecutive appointments, you’d benefit from a treatment plan to control your levels and prevent complications.
A blood pressure reading of 140/90 receives a diagnosis of hypertension. Prehypertension, meaning you’re likely to develop high blood pressure if you don’t take action, is diagnosed if your upper (systolic) number is between 120 and 139 and/or the lower (diastolic) number is between 80 and 89.
Some risk factors of high blood pressure are controllable. These include:
If high blood pressure runs in your family or you’re an older adult, you’re also at increased risk of developing high blood pressure.
About 60% of people with high blood pressure also have high cholesterol. You have high cholesterol when blood levels measure 200 mg/dL or higher. High cholesterol also threatens your heart health and puts you at risk of heart attack, stroke, and other complications.
When you have high blood pressure, it’s important to keep it under control. Medications can help manage your levels, as can lifestyle changes.
Many of the dietary changes that help you reduce high blood pressure also help reduce high cholesterol. These include lowering sodium intake, consuming less processed foods, and increasing intake of fresh produce, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Losing weight and moderating alcohol intake are other important steps in controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Get your blood pressure checked at Modern Wellness Clinic today. Call the office or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.