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Why you should care about your blood pressure – Doctor On Demand

By Doctor On Demand

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half the American adult population have high blood pressure. High blood pressure has no symptoms and is a significant contributing factor for kidney damage, heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (Hypertension) is a chronic disorder that causes the pressure inside your arteries to be higher than normal. This leads to chronic strain in many organs of your body and to premature hardening and thickening of your arteries, which is known as atherosclerosis.

What are symptoms of high blood pressure?

One challenge is that people with high blood pressure do not feel anything is wrong until serious damage finally occurs. That is why Hypertension has been called “The Silent Killer.”

What causes high blood pressure?

The exact cause of high blood pressure is not known but our genes, age, family history, stress, and lifestyle can affect your risk for high blood pressure.

What lifestyle habits affect blood pressure?

Your risk for developing high blood pressure increases if you lack exercise and enough healthy foods. Being overweight, eating salty and processed foods, and drinking two or more alcoholic beverages a day are lifestyle habits that can increase your risk.

How does high blood pressure affect the body?

Your heart, brain, arteries, and kidneys are the main body organs that can be damaged by uncontrolled chronic blood pressure or acute spikes in your blood pressure. Stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure can lead to you being disabled and unable to work.

How does Doctor On Demand diagnose and treat high blood pressure?

Our doctors will ask for your full medical history then walk you through taking your blood pressure with an at-home blood pressure device. A diagnosis of Hypertension would be made based on at least two blood pressure measurements done in a quiet setting, ideally at home, at least one week apart. If your blood pressure is 121/81 or higher, it is elevated. If it is 130/80 or higher, you have Hypertension. Our doctors first discuss lifestyle factors that you can control, and if that does not reduce your blood pressure, then they may prescribe medication. They may also recommended blood tests to check kidney function and blood electrolytes.


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