High Blood Pressure Q & A
Some health problems are left untreated because people do not take them seriously but these problems could be very serious with time. This seriousness might even lead to further health problems. Blood pressure is one of these problems which is becoming common day by day. Not only older people but even the young generation is getting high blood pressure issues. According to American Heart Association, 85 million Americans, if we see, 1 out of 3 people of age more than 20 years are diagnosed with high blood pressure. We, Family Urgent Care has the best consultants to treat your high blood pressure. We start with diagnosis and stay by your side till the end of the day.
Many people do not understand the blood pressure checking technique and what do the numbers depict? So, here we are with the answer of your questions.
Better understand of the numbers you see!
There are two numbers when blood pressure is being checked. The number appearing at the top shows the pressure being applied against the artery walls during a heartbeat.
Of the two numbers, the one at the bottom shows the pressure which the blood applies against the artery walls during the resting period that is between the heartbeat.
Now, after certain readings of the numbers, following types of blood pressures are comprehended. Let us help you understand these terms.
Systolic less than 120 and Diastolic less than 80.
The range of systolic lies in 120-139 or Diastolic is 80-89.
High blood pressure (hypertension) Stage 1:
The range of systolic lies in 140-159 or that of diastolic lies in 90-99.
High blood pressure (hypertension) Stage 2:
The systolic is 160 or could be higher and diastolic is 100 or higher.
Hypertensive crisis (emergency care needed):
When systolic is higher than 180 or diastolic is higher than 110, the health condition is dangerous and one must immediately see a doctor!
In normal condition, you just need to visit a doctor one or twice a month, it is not a problem. If the reading is higher than normal then you might need to visit a doctor more than twice a year or keep a check at home as well. But if you are suffering from a continuous high temperature, then you should definitely schedule a visit to the doctors at Family Urgent Care and get the convenient care at earliest.
Sometimes stress and anxiety could develop high blood pressure. High blood pressure does not happen all of a sudden, it grows over time. Factors such as age, gender, race and above all, family history play an important role. While the causes are mentioned below:
- Lack of physical activity.
- Unhealthy diet (high Sodium intake).
- Obesity or over weight.
- Smoking and tobacco intake.
- Stress and anxiety.
Some already existing medical conditions like pregnancy introduced hypertension (PIH), certain heart effects, kidney and sleep disorders can be the reason of high blood pressure too. When these conditions are recovered, the high blood pressure recovers itself.
What risks do you develop?
A person could develop the following risks if the high blood pressure goes untreated:
- Vision loss.
- Heart failure.
- Heart attack.
- Kidney disease/failure.
- Sexual dysfunction.
High blood pressure shall always be treated. Family Urgent Care is indeed the best urgent care walk-in clinic where you can find every care for yourself!