Hypertension and high blood pressure are the same conditions. Blood pressure is the force exerted on the blood vessels as the blood pumps throughout the body, both during (systolic) and between (diastolic) beats. When that pressure is too high, it puts the blood vessels and organs of the heart, kidneys and lungs at risk and increases a patient’s risk of serious cardiac conditions such as stroke or heart attack.
Making small, but significant and sustainable, lifestyle changes can make a big impact on treating high blood pressure. Anyone who used tobacco products should cut back and try to stop smoking. Dr. Hago can provide assistance in breaking this tough habit. Physicians recommend minimizing the consumption of salt and alcohol while increasing the consumption of vegetables, fruits, and foods naturally lower in fat. Exercise and weight loss efforts have been shown to improve blood pressure. A physician can recommend a diet and exercise program that specifically addresses high blood pressure issues. If these changes alone do not show signs of improvement, high blood pressure medications such as beta-blockers, vasodilators, or inhibitors may be prescribed in combination with lifestyle and behavioral changes. The prescribed medication will depend on the unique needs of the patient.
High blood pressure does not present any noticeable symptoms, so patients must undergo regular tests to screen for warning signs of the condition. Patients may have their blood pressure tested with a cuff, also known as a sphygmomanometer. This painless test can determine whether or not you are experiencing hypertension. Dr. Hago will usually take two or three measurements to determine an accurate reading. Lipid panels may also be ordered to check a patient’s cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can lead to hardening of the arteries which is another risk factor for high blood pressure.
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