What Is Hypertension and What Can I Do About It?

Nov 04, 2022

What Is Hypertension and What Can I Do About It?

Hypertension is known as “the silent killer” because your blood pressure can be sky-high and you may not even know it. Be proactive and get your blood pressure checked today.

Blood pressure is stable in most young and healthy people, but as you age or face health problems, your blood pressure can begin to rise slowly. This can cause a whole bevy of health risks, up to and including stroke.

At Lakepointe Direct Primary Care in Lewisville, Texas, Dr. Marcelo Brito helps patients identify and manage common health issues such as hypertension as part of his primary care services.

The dangers of undiagnosed hypertension 

It’s estimated that up to 45% of adults suffer from hypertension, but many aren’t aware that their blood pressure is a problem. High blood pressure has few symptoms, but it can be easily diagnosed simply by taking a few blood pressure readings.

Ideally, you should get your blood pressure checked regularly, so there’s a record of your normal blood pressure level. This “pressure” refers to how hard the blood presses against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps to force blood through them.

Most people’s resting blood pressure is between 90/60 mmHg and 120/80 mmHg. Elevated blood pressure is defined as more than 130/80 mmHg. Increased blood pressure can lead to heart disease or stroke.

Certain factors can increase your risk for high blood pressure, including: 

  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Some people have elevated blood pressure when they are stressed or ill, so it’s important to test your blood pressure a few different times to get an accurate baseline. 

Treating hypertension 

Hypertension can usually be easily treated with oral medication. The type of blood pressure medication you take depends on your health profile, the underlying cause of your hypertension, as well as any other health issues or medications you may be taking. 

You can also lower your blood pressure by making lifestyle changes, including:

Getting enough exercise

Exercise increases heart health and can help manage your weight, reducing your risk for hypertension.

Eating healthy foods

Heart-healthy foods can also help with blood pressure. Choose foods low in cholesterol and saturated fats to prevent artery narrowing.

Stopping smoking

If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do to avoid life-threatening diseases like hypertension and many others.

Reducing alcohol intake

Alcoholic beverages may be safe in moderation, but overindulgence can be dangerous if you have high blood pressure. 

Haven’t had your blood pressure checked recently? Schedule an appointment at Lakepointe Direct Primary Care to take a proactive stance regarding your health. To get in touch, call 972-573-7228 or book an appointment online.