Why is high blood pressure a concern?
High blood pressure is one of the most common health conditions facing adults today. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, this means that there’s too much force from blood on the walls of your arteries, vessels, and veins. High blood pressure is a medical concern because it can lead to many other difficulties.
It may feel overwhelming to get a diagnosis for high blood pressure but knowing more about this condition and risk factors for it can help you to protect yourself and promote your health to avoid heart disease.
Some of the health problems associated with hypertension include:
Narrowed blood arteries (atherosclerosis)
- Kidney failure
- Vision loss
- Heart attack
Why do I have high blood pressure?
Those who suffer from high blood pressure do not always show symptoms, in fact, hypertension is often referred to as the “silent killer.” Health adults should have a blood pressure reading below 120/80 mm Hg. Anything above this makes you at risk for heart and blood vessel disorders.
Your primary care doctor at Wellspire Medical Group can help you to monitor your health. If your blood pressure goes above 120/80 mm Hg this is a sign of prehypertension. If your blood pressure is higher than 130/80 mm Hg you need to see one of our high blood pressure specialists in Humble, TX.
Hypertension can come from any of the following risk factors or mix of multiple:
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Being overweight or obese
- Excess dietary sodium
- Tobacco usage
- Older age
How is high blood pressure treated?
Treating hypertension requires lifestyle changes and in some cases medication. Your physician at Wellspire Medical Group may suggest any of the following treatments:
- Changes to your diet, including reduced sodium and less red meat
- High blood pressure medication to relax vessels or decrease the force from your heart
- Adding more physical activity into your daily routine
- Limiting your alcohol consumption
- Weight loss treatment
According to The American Heart Association:
“In order to survive and function properly, your tissues and organs need the oxygenated blood that your circulatory system carries throughout the body. When the heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through a network of tube-shaped blood vessels, which include arteries, veins and capillaries. This pressure — blood pressure — is the result of two forces: The first force (systolic pressure) occurs as blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries that are part of the circulatory system. The second force (diastolic pressure) is created as the heart rests between heart beats. (These two forces are each represented by numbers in a blood pressure reading.)
The damage starts in your arteries and heart
The primary way that high blood pressure causes harm is by increasing the workload of the heart and blood vessels — making them work harder and less efficiently.
Over time, the force and friction of high blood pressure damages the delicate tissues inside the arteries. In turn, LDL (bad) cholesterol forms plaque along tiny tears in the artery walls, signifying the start of atherosclerosis.
The more the plaque and damage increases, the narrower (smaller) the insides of the arteries become — raising blood pressure and starting a vicious circle that further harms your arteries, heart and the rest of your body. This can ultimately lead to other conditions ranging from arrhythmia to heart attack and stroke.”
If you are concerned you may have high blood pressure or are seeking treatment for this condition, our high blood pressure specialists in Humble, TX can help you. We provide convenient and comprehensive healthcare for our patients. Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians today.
Wellspire Medical Group in Humble, TX
Whether you have a medical concern you want to address with a physician or are seeking long-term management and care for a condition you already have been diagnosed with, Wellspire is here for you. We believe every patient deserves a treatment plan that works for their specific needs and lifestyle. At the first sign of an issue, come into one of our two medical facilities. If you do not have an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you at one of our locations. Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as the Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”
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