Almost one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure. Just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s not serious. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects all of your major organs. When you become a patient of Quest Medical Center in Bay Shore, New York, your dedicated medical team monitors your blood pressure regularly. If your blood pressure is high, they can get you started on lifestyle changes and medications to bring it back down to preserve your heart health.
In 2017, medical experts lowered the numbers for what is considered high blood pressure. Currently, your blood pressure should be less than 120/80 mm Hg. Your doctor monitors you closely once it starts going above this level. You may officially be diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension) if your numbers go above 130/90 mm Hg.
Not usually. High blood pressure is often nicknamed “the silent killer” because most patients don't even know they have it until it's too late. Unless your blood pressure is dangerously high, above 180/110 mm Hg, you're unlikely to experience any sort of symptoms or side effects. Once your blood pressure spikes to this dangerous level, you could have:
When your blood pressure goes above 180/110 mm Hg, you have an emergency situation and need immediate care.
The best way to bring your blood pressure down to a safe level is to make some lifestyle changes. Not only does this lower your blood pressure, it creates good habits that prevent future risks of hypertension. Some of the lifestyle changes you should consider include:
If lifestyle changes don't work for you, or if your blood pressure is at a dangerously high level, you may need medication. Prescription medications for treating hypertension all work differently. For instance, some open up your blood vessels so blood flows easier, while others thin your blood to improve blood flow.
Your doctor prescribes the best medication for your specific condition and overall health. In some cases, you might need to try several different medications or various dosages to find an option that works best for you.
If you have high blood pressure or have a family history of it, schedule an appointment at Quest Medical Center. It's easy to schedule an appointment by either calling the office or using the book online feature.