HealthStone Primary Care Partners
Family Medicine Practice & Hormone Replacement Specialists located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects more than 100 million Americans. Many people aren’t even aware of their condition because it has no outward symptoms until it reaches a crisis level. At HealthStone Primary Care Partners in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Gilbert Weiner, DO, diagnose and help you manage hypertension with smart lifestyle support and medications. Proper management can prevent serious complications. Get your blood pressure evaluated today. Call the office or request your appointment using the convenient online tool.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
What is considered high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is diagnosed when the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels reaches an unsafe level. Blood pressure is measured both when your heart beats (upper, systolic level) and when your heart rests between beats (lower, diastolic number).
Blood pressure that is above normal at three consecutive visits may be diagnosed as hypertension. A normal blood pressure reading is 119/79 or below. High blood pressure is diagnosed at 140/90 or higher. If you consistently have measurements between 120 and 139 over 80 to 89, you have prehypertension, which usually develops into full hypertension unless smart changes are made to your lifestyle.
What puts me at risk for high blood pressure?
Your risk of developing high blood pressure increases with age, especially if you have a family history of hypertension. Lifestyle factors also put you at risk, these include:
Overweight and obesity
High sodium diets and diets low in potassium or vitamin D
Smokers and people who drink alcohol to excess are also at a greater risk of hypertension.
How is high blood pressure treated?
Dr. Weiner manages high blood pressure with prescription medications, lifestyle recommendations, and regular monitoring. Medications, such as calcium channel blockers and ACE inhibitors, relax blood vessels and ease the stress on your heart. Medications are never a substitute for lifestyle changes, however.
At HealthStone Primary Care Partners, you receive significant support in regards to your health habits. The practitioners help you lose weight, quit smoking, get more physical activity, and make dietary changes, such as decreasing sodium intake.
Why should I be concerned about hypertension?
Hypertension may not affect how you feel on a day-to-day basis, but it does do damage to your body internally. Without monitoring and management, high blood pressure puts you at risk of:
- Heart disease, heart failure, and stroke
- Vision loss
- Kidney failure
- Trouble with memory and understanding
- Metabolic syndrome
Get your blood pressure evaluated right away so you can take action if it is too high. Call HealthStone Primary Care Partners or request an appointment online.
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