About half of American adults have hypertension, or high blood pressure, but many don’t realize how serious this condition can truly be. At Seva Family Medicine in Parker, Colorado, the experienced medical providers, led by Gurvinder Mangat, MD, and Shannon Mangat, FNP-C, are ready to diagnose and prevent the progression of hypertension before it turns into more serious complications. Book your appointment online or call the office today to learn more.
Hypertension occurs when the pressure of blood on your artery walls is too high. Your provider at Seva Family Medicine measures your blood pressure using an inflatable arm cuff. It gives them two numbers: systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number).
Your systolic blood pressure measures blood force on artery walls when the heart beats, while diastolic measures the force when the heart is at rest. Your blood pressure reading can tell you whether you have hypertension and give you insight into how serious your condition may be.
Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80 mmHg. Numbers higher than that indicate:
While all high blood pressure is potentially very serious, hypertensive crisis is a medical emergency, particularly if you have symptoms like breathing difficulties and vision changes.
Hypertension can cause many severe health problems if you don’t get it under proper control. Some of these risks may include:
Many people with hypertension also have high cholesterol, diabetes, and extra fat around their waist. A cluster of conditions can come together to further increase the risk of complications like heart disease and stroke.
In most cases, hypertension often doesn’t present any obvious symptoms, so it’s important to schedule annual checkups at Seva Family Medicine to monitor your blood pressure and other important aspects of your health.
Seva Family Medicine can treat your hypertension with a personalized treatment plan. This often starts with making diet and lifestyle changes. Your provider may recommend medical weight loss, which includes changing your eating patterns and specific lifestyle habits you have. Losing just 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure signifcantly.
Regular exercise is also an important part of losing weight. It can help to lower your blood pressure by making your heart stronger, increasing pumping efficiency, and reducing stress on your arteries.
Some people also need medications to lower their blood pressure, but a healthy lifestyle is always the most essential part of blood pressure management.
For expert care of hypertension management, call Seva Family Medicine or click on the online booking feature today.