High Blood Pressure

Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

According to researchers, as many as 75 million American adults are living with high blood pressure, a serious health condition. The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, can help you determine if your blood pressure falls into a dangerous range and find ways to reduce those readings. Schedule an appointment with a simple phone call or use the online booking tool.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

To understand high blood pressure, also called hypertension, it helps to think about how your circulatory system works. Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood through your arteries and into your smaller blood vessels.

That process delivers force to the walls of your blood vessels. The force present during heartbeats is called your systolic pressure, and the force present in the rest between heartbeats is called diastolic pressure. 

Normal blood pressure is below 120 systolic and 80 diastolic. Once your blood pressure exceeds those levels, you should take action. 

Desert Wells Family Medicine offers cholesterol screening and treatments, EKG, and other diagnostic and treatment tools to address hypertension.

What are the health risks of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is often called a “silent killer” because there are usually no clear symptoms. In fact, the first indication you have hypertension could be a serious health problem. 

Some of the health risks associated with high blood pressure include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Vision loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Cognitive dysfunction

High blood pressure takes an enormous toll on your body. Bringing your numbers back to healthy levels can make a world of difference in your heart health and daily quality of life. 

How is high blood pressure treated?

Medications may play a role in your treatment plan. Some drugs work by reducing sodium and water from your blood, which reduces the overall volume. Others relax blood vessel walls or slow your heart rate.

It may take time to see how your body reacts to drug therapy. You may need more than one medication to bring your readings back into a healthy range. As your treatment progresses, your medications may need to be altered or even discontinued. 

Lifestyle modifications are a great hypertension management approach, and can also help boost your heart health. Improving your diet and finding ways to get more exercise can not only reduce your blood pressure but can also boost your overall health and wellness.

For many men and women, coming in for a professional blood pressure reading and watching their numbers go down is an incredibly rewarding and motivating experience. 

For more information on blood pressure screening and treatment options, come in for a consultation. Booking a visit at Desert Wells Family Medicine takes just moments online or by phone.