Are you playing roulette with your health? If you’re living with untreated hypertension (high blood pressure), your odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke are greatly increased. Don’t gamble with your life: Dr. David Alonso and the skilled practitioners at Amour Medical Aesthetics, Inc in Chico, California can help you manage and reverse this serious chronic disease. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule your hypertension screening.
Imagine you’re holding a water balloon. It’s soft and yielding. Now squeeze it. The pressure increases and the balloon becomes rigid. Add a little more pressure and pop, you’ve got a mess. That’s essentially what occurs with hypertension.
When arterial walls narrow or become inflexible, blood pressure rises, putting enormous stress on your heart. If left untreated, heart attack or stroke is the inevitable result.
Your risk for hypertension depends on your age, gender, genetics, lifestyle, and overall health. Chronic diseases like diabetes increase your risk, as does consuming too much alcohol or not getting enough exercise.
Being overweight, consuming too much salt, smoking, and other unhealthy behaviors are huge factors in hypertension. Some prescription and non-prescription drugs can also play a role. Health conditions like sleep apnea, defective blood vessels, and issues with adrenal and thyroid glands can elevate blood pressure as well.
As people age, their chances of developing hypertension greatly increase. Men over 45 and women over 65 should be regularly screened.
Hypertension rarely displays any noticeable symptoms, which is why it’s often called the “invisible killer.” A quick and painless blood pressure check is the most accurate and reliable way to determine if you have hypertension.
As your heart beats, blood speeds along, exerting force on your arteries and veins. The medical term for this is systolic pressure. When your heart rests between beats, blood pressure falls, which is called diastolic pressure.
Using a blood pressure meter, we can quickly measure both pressures. A reading of 120 systolic and 80 diastolic is considered normal. Elevated blood pressure is indicated with systolic readings up to 129, and diastolic below 80. Hypertension is diagnosed for systolic pressures over 130, and diastolic above 80.
Lifestyle changes are the first line of defense against hypertension. Many patients see dramatic improvement after starting an exercise program, losing weight, and ending unhealthy behaviors like smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol and salt.
When lifestyle changes aren’t enough, Dr. Alonso recommends drug-based therapies that relax rigid blood vessels or reduce excess sodium and water.
If you have hypertension, Dr. Alonso and his team will develop a personalized treatment plan that manages your blood pressure, and greatly improves your health. Call or book online today to schedule your hypertension screening.
*Individual results may vary.