One in every three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, or hypertension, which is around 75 million people. The more sobering statistic is that high blood pressure contributes to almost 1,100 deaths a day, according to a 2014 study. The good news is that high blood pressure is highly treatable. At Dodd Family Practice, APRN Angela Dodd works with her patients in Clinton, Arkansas, to get blood pressure numbers to within healthy limits, avoiding serious consequences down the road. To lower your numbers, call or book an appointment online.
To better understand what constitutes high blood pressure, it’s helpful to step back and review what the blood pressure numbers are measuring. Every time your heart beats, it pushes blood through your circulatory system. Blood pressure measures the amount of blood your heart is pumping and the resistance it’s experiencing in your arteries.
The higher your blood pressure numbers, the harder your heart is working to deliver blood.
To put this in actual numbers, here’s the breakout:
There is a third stage of high blood pressure, which is considered a crisis that requires immediate medical attention.
High blood pressure doesn’t happen overnight. It usually takes years to develop the significant narrowing in your arteries that causes high blood pressure. The leading factors that are associated with high blood pressure are:
High blood pressure can also be caused by existing medical conditions or certain medications. The only way to find out what may be at the heart of your blood pressure issue is to seek a diagnosis from a medical professional, such as Angela Dodd.
If you review the list of common risk factors, you’ll see that many of them are under your control to change. To get started, schedule a visit to see Angela Dodd so she can tailor a plan that best suits your situation. With your medical history and current vitals in hand, she can suggest treatments that deliver the best results, which may include:
By tackling your high blood pressure from many different angles under Dodd’s watchful eye, you can lead a long and healthy life free from the serious complications that come with hypertension.